Sunday, June 19, 2011

Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard?

Does cycling in a skirt make you a motoring hazard? article.
Jasmijn Rijcken was stopped and almost ticketed by an NYPD officer for biking in this outfit. Her skirt, the officer said, was too distracting for drivers.


Me, I think it's worth it.
I'm only half kidding. We could drop traffic deaths to zero by banning motor vehicles, but it seems everybody agree that the convenience is worth hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. That's what it is, isn't it? So clearly while human lives are valuable, the value is far from infinite.

A reader, Anna, said:
Actually I had this thought when they put huge posters (ads) on the wall of a house with a woman in underwear on it just at a place where the driver needs to turn. I think that is dangerous, and it is aimed at distracting the driver! Those could be banned. But I guess they bring money, so they are not bothered. :)

Indeed, one often sees how flexible ethics really are when money suddenly enters into an equation!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if shorts would also be considered a distraction?

eolake said...

Good question. I call for a massive program of testing!

Anonymous said...

Bring on the compulsary burkha. When you see a hot chick, whether on a bike or no, you have to look. It's not even a conscious thing. That's got to cause the odd accident.

Kentg said...

If most everybody was naked, then those cycling, walking or driving with cloths on will be a hazard.

Cado said...

If I die in a car accident it better be while I'm looking at an attractive woman.

After all, we've all gotta die. I wanna go with a smile. That woman is doing all of us a favor, even on the off chance she had caused an accident.

Anonymous said...

Really, Cado? I would have guess, based on that profile picture, that you were a fag.

Cado said...

A gay joke in 2011? I'd have thought you guys would have stepped up your game by now.

Ah well. Can't beat the classics, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

That was kind of pathetic, Cado. I mean, really, you think they weren't saying that in 1998, 1989, 1985. "This is 1985, and they're still doing gay joke?!" Of course they are. Being a fag is never going to be accepted, get used to that. I notice you don't deny it. Besides being colosally stupid, you're also a fag. I pity you.

Anonymous said...

Cado, I like all your comments.
I like intelligence.

Laurie in New York

Dave Nielsen said...

I bet he'd seem suddenly less intelligent if he expressed an opinion different from your own, though. It's funny how that works.