Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, was pulled over on her bike and told she was a dangerous distraction to drivers because she was bicycling while wearing a short skirt.
“I didn’t even think for one second that my outfit could be harmful or disturbing,” she said, but she went back to her hotel and changed into pants anyway.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said that the NYPD couldn’t comment on the case, since Rijcken wasn’t ticketed, and therefore official paperwork does not exist.
“Whether this story bears even a modest semblance of what actually occurred is impossible to establish without being provided the purported officer’s name and getting his side of the story,” he said.
There is no New York law against cycling in a skirt, but Rijcken was intimidated, and didn’t know that at the time.
“If you’re by yourself in a different country and a police guy comes really angrily at you, you get scared,” she told Streetsblog.
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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