Update: a local news station picked up the story… as its top story of the night? Really?
A year ago a sweet bike party was going down in the humble burg of
But then, just when everything seems so perfect and all things are right with the wold tragedy struck. As a naked biker turned the corner he heard screams and cheers from the sidewalk, so he took 3 quick lefts and came back around again to see what was up…
“why are all these people on the sidewalk at midnight in Vancouver?” we are paraphrasing).
Turns out a gathering of teens going to a club were totally excited by a 40 yr old biker.
WHAT? DID YOU CATCH THAT?!? As if we needed more proof to the health benefits of cycling, you can still get encouragement from the most cutthroat of demographics even into your 4th decade, provided you live right and are traveling under your own power.
Cops, who were reported to be on the scene to deal with some sort of teenager drug overdose saw the naked biker, pulled him over and then, after the biker had stopped his bike, the cop decided to run into the cyclist… for good measure we assume.
Defendant Matthew Vilhauer said naked biking fun way to socialize with other cyclists, but he also believes nudity draws exposure to the vulnerability that cyclists feel sharing the road with vehicles. He said he has been hit, so he feels strongly about promoting bicycle awareness.
This begs the question, did the cop actually see the naked biker? And chose to hit him? Was the cop incapable of operating his car safely? Possibly his emotions got the better of him… if so shouldn’t a sit down with the officer to make sure that latent homophobia is not present, cause no one wants a loose cannon on the streets.
Way to fight the good fight Matt!