March 10/06 11:12 am - No Helmets? No Race! in New Zealand
Posted by Editoress on 03/10/06
New Zealand Mayor wants Nude Cycling Race Outlawed
Wellington - The mayor of a New Zealand town wants a nude cycling race to be called off - because the participants won't be wearing helmets.
John Hurley, mayor of the Tasman District on New Zealand's South Island, said police would look like fools if they allowed the race to go ahead for the third straight year, in spite of the objection of local residents.
Police said they had queried the legality of the race and found they can take no action.
"We have taken advice on the legality of their proposed action and have been advised that it falls short of an offence," Sgt. Arthur Clarence said Friday.
About 100 people are expected to take part in the "clothing optional" race Sunday around Golden Bay on the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. The race aims to promote safe cycling and alternative energy.
Hurley said police should enforce laws that require all cyclists to wear safety helmets.
"They have ridden bikes in the past down the road with no crash helmets, no nothing on and people say that's a double standard," he said.