Sunday March 10, 2013
Naked Peruvian cyclists protest for bike-friendly streets
LIMA: 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. - AFP