Peruvian cyclists ride nude to demand friendlier streets

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, March 9, 2013 18:00 EDT
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Cyclists protest in a naked bike ride to demand more bicycle paths in the city and more respect from motorists, in Lima on March 9, 2013. Photo via AFP.
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Dozens of naked and half-naked cyclists rolled through Lima Saturday to press for more bike-friendly streets.

A few of the protesters stripped down completely for the 10-kilometer (six-mile) ride through Peru’s capital.

The more modest peddlers wore underwear, while some wore masks of cartoon characters like Batman. Some riders also brought along a breed of hairless Peruvian dog.

The protesters were demanding bike lanes and better traffic lighting.

They said they also were trying to raise awareness of cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Nilton Lopez, head of a cycling group called Cicloaxion, said the idea behind their nakedness was to show that the human body is fragile compared to the chassis of a car.

“We are using nudity as a way to show that we are vulnerable,” Lopez said.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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