New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts

New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts

The police is your best friend. But not always.

In New York a Dutch girl on her bicycle almost got a fine because she wore a skirt.

Apparently, this is not allowed in the American metropolis New York City. Other road users might get distracted, with all its consequences.

This happened to a Jasmijn Rijcken, the general manager of the Dutch bicycle company VANMOOF, who was in New York to visit The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show. At the moment the police note down her name and address, he found out that she was from the Netherlands.

She convinced him that wearing such clothing on a bicycle in the Netherlands is very normal, so she received a warning to wear pants next time.

Jasmijn: “In NYC the POLICE told me NOT TO WEAR A DRESS! I distracted cars and should only wear pants while biking! he was NOT joking, death serious! I cannot believe it… how can they say they are a bike & woman friendly city? So discriminating!”

Only when he discovered I was not from the U.S., he calmed down somewhat and I could drive on, but had to promise to put on pants next time. ”

This is not the first time an NYPD officer has stopped cyclists for completely frivolous non-offenses. In April, a private school administrator received a ticket for biking with a tote bag on her handlebars. The police have not responded to a Streetsblog inquiry about Rijcken’s allegations.

Her harassment at the hands of the police has colored Rijcken’s perception of not only New York City but the United States. “I was shocked,” she said. “In Holland, people refer to America as the country of freedom.”

Together with almost 150 New York City bikers VANMOOF completed an extremely glamorous and positive protest ride to support free and fashionable biking. It was a huge success and they hope to encourage everybody to stand up and bike the way they like!

 

More at The Dutch Daily News

  • http://twitter.com/lycraman/status/80235130362400768/ Michael Shattock (@lycraman)

    What’s going on @NYCanaries New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://www.dutchdailynews.com/girls-on-bicycles/

  • http://twitter.com/zlavila/status/80255456328687616/ Zla Vila (@zlavila)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://bit.ly/mM141E

  • http://twitter.com/Jackthefish/status/80273034258292736/ Bruno N0tti (@Jackthefish)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts – http://t.co/pAyqYeo #funny ha :)

  • http://twitter.com/vaneeten/status/80299422390554624/ Martijn van Eeten (@vaneeten)

    Na fouillering mocht ze zeker verder? RT @FleurdeWeerd: Meisje aangehouden vanwege fietsen met rokje in NY http://t.co/ggmmecF

  • http://twitter.com/tvduren/status/80306495811624960/ Ton van Duren (@tvduren)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://zite.to/jlbYXY via @Ziteapp

  • http://twitter.com/HarmaninBogota/status/80331674054955009/ Harman Idema (@HarmaninBogota) (@HarmaninBogota)

    @groenliesbeth Time for a slutbicycleride? New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://t.co/Ay8pf4q

  • http://twitter.com/vosje62/status/80347965016915968/ Paul Schoonhoven (@vosje62)

    Geen #rokjesdag in New York.
    RT @GroenLiesbeth In NY mag je niet fietsen met een rok aan! http://t.co/Ay8pf4q

  • http://twitter.com/JorgZinken/status/80361790873157632/ Jorg Zinken (@JorgZinken)

    Is NYC still located in the US which is supposed to be a free country?? http://bit.ly/mM141E

  • http://twitter.com/ontwerpburoM/status/80375231407063041/ Marjo Peeters (@ontwerpburoM)

    Rare mensen die amerikanen! RT @Marlies1965: hier zakt mijn rok en broek en alles eromheen van af… #preutsenhypocriet http://t.co/uuE4ety

  • http://twitter.com/alexstil/status/80392363809308672/ alexstil (@alexstil)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://zite.to/jlbYXY

  • http://twitter.com/nycnowrealty/status/80399043079045120/ NYCnowRealty (@nycnowrealty)

    Good thing i’m not dutch: New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts – http://www.dutchdailynews.com/girls-on-bicycles/

  • http://twitter.com/marieclaudef/status/80483695290621952/ M.C. Falardeau (@marieclaudef)

    @sindandune Yeah, how dare she wear a skirt on a bike! > New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://j.mp/mM141E

  • http://twitter.com/seafires/status/80513434923438080/ inti suarez (@seafires)

    Fun. @marieclaudef: @sindandune New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://t.co/BV5vvkH”

  • @mcleaver

    Ahem, “death” serious? That is serious!

  • http://twitter.com/robert_irving_3 Robert Irving III

    In america people are as free as the people in north korea

  • http://twitter.com/ronaldmannak/status/80544094178377728/ Ronald Mannak (@ronaldmannak)

    whaaat? “@Xtel: Culture clash… RT @marlooz: New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts « Dutch Daily News http://t.co/ZktT2NB”

  • http://twitter.com/WhereOrchidsGro/status/80556571284873216/ Leila (@WhereOrchidsGro)
  • http://twitter.com/robert_irving_3 Robert Irving III

    btw, VANMOOF’s bikes are extremely ugly, they should be banned on behalf of their looks only

  • http://www.nomonro.com Elma Bassa

    This is great! I am now wondering if my product the NOMONRO dressclip is punishable or perhaps a tool to help the NY police in their passion to prevent blowing skirts ;)

  • http://twitter.com/LOV_Urban/status/80571085648695296/ LÖV (@LOV_Urban)

    Biking in New York wearing a skirt can get you a fine! http://bit.ly/mM141E Hope Copenhagen is more relaxed :)

  • http://twitter.com/thijskleinpaste/status/80586895037435905/ Thijs Kleinpaste (@thijskleinpaste)

    @StevendJong en nu? http://t.co/5fDbBP3

  • http://twitter.com/PatriciaCronie/status/80619809108279296/ Patricia (@PatriciaCronie)

    ? Nouja zeg. RT @senaytweets: New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts: http://bit.ly/k8gPCu Wake me up!This is happening is US!

  • http://twitter.com/MWforHR/status/80631796148088832/ Mwforhr (@MWforHR)

    New York bans girls on bicycles wearing skirts « Dutch Daily News: http://bit.ly/lA2402 #WTF

  • http://twitter.com/lpverwer/status/80639103590350848/ Leonie Verwer (@lpverwer)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts – http://t.co/rjnBIPk nou ja! Belachelijk.Rare Amerikanen.

  • Alex

    Smells like a publicity stunt. After all Jasmijn is a Marketing specialist.

  • http://twitter.com/nynkelp/status/80676761272201216/ nynke (@nynkelp)

    nog nooit van rokjesdag gehoord daar in New York http://t.co/j6gSI8A

  • http://twitter.com/Leesbaar/status/80698316937109504/ Leesbaar (@Leesbaar)

    http://t.co/PtPyaq0 rokjesdag in New York. mooi verhaal

  • http://twitter.com/HanzChristianNL HanzChristian

    Who thought that the morality-police was a Teheran-idea, think again.

  • http://twitter.com/EllenvanHeek/status/80707261009371137/ Ellen van Heek (@EllenvanHeek)

    New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts « Dutch Daily News http://t.co/AlXCFpf

  • http://twitter.com/campegg/status/80786508935741440/ Cam Pegg (@campegg)

    @ameeliah, if you’re going to start biking around NYC, you should probably be aware of this: http://bit.ly/j7sTkO

  • http://twitter.com/JanevanLaar/status/80876461141139456/ Jane van Laar (@JanevanLaar)

    Nou ja! "@rzbh: New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts http://t.co/a6MKabc #SaudiArabiaOnTheHudson? #NYPD"

  • http://www.nepalholiday.travel Gopal Shrestha

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  • http://twitter.com/xsteadfastx/status/80973031618519040/ xsteadfastx (@xsteadfastx)

    WTF RT @mdgee: New York bans Dutch girls on bicycles wearing skirts – http://t.co/xN73iS6

  • scienex

    nice legs! :o)

  • Nancy

    Let’s face it hot legs distract drivers cause crashes. Guy is just doing his job. I am sure there are rules in Amsterdam that we don’t understand but it is what it is.

  • wtf

    America as the country of freedom… :) :D :D
    :/

  • http://cbuscyclechic.wordpress.com Jessh

    This is utterly ridiculous and NYC needs to chill the F OUT! The fines with riding outside the bike lanes, the dresses being a distraction – thank GOD i’m not there or else, I’d erupt with the wrath of evil! This is complete discrimination! You don’t hear people bitching about men’s packages while riding in lycra!
    GET OVER YOURSELVES!

  • http://cbuscyclechic.wordpress.com Jess

    This is utterly ridiculous and NYC needs to chill the F- OUT! The fines with riding outside the bike lanes, the dresses being a distraction – thank GOD i’m not there or else, I’d erupt with the wrath of evil! This is complete discrimination! You don’t hear people bitching about men’s packages while riding in lycra!
    GET OVER YOURSELVES

  • keloff

    who audits these guys anyway? is there any accountability for ticket “reasons?” another great example of questionable ticketing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ

    also, good point @jess

  • Holly

    It’s not against the law in NYC to wear a skirt while biking, ride outside the lanes, carry a tote, etc. The NYPD were told to increase the number the tickets they gave for cycling offenses but no one told them what the laws actually are. So they’re just having a free-for-all right now. There’s been a big backlash in the cycling community, so presumably it will stop soon enough. The problem in NYC is lack of education about the rights and responsibilities of cyclists on the road among both cyclists and motorists, and this, along with poor infrastructure, is putting everyone into conflict. Cycling advocacy groups like Transportation Alternatives are trying to push more education (in driving tests, schools and for delivery drivers), etc., but it’s kind of a new idea here, so it’s slow-going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1389544587 Fabio Vedovelli

    This is a men’s problem, not a girl’s one. Men are hostages of their primal instincts, that’s the truth.

  • Visitor

    Hard to believe. American girls always wear skirts , some of which can barely be called a skirt and look more like lingerie and they never get told to dress in pants. Maybe she mistook a bad pick-up line or turned down an arrogant NYC police officer’s advances. That would sound somewhat more believable. Its a man’s problem anyway if they can’t control their distractions. NYC is a big city and I’d wonder what this girl’s dress was revealing to have anyone question her personal style. Occupy NYC has even gone topless and no one said anything about that.

  • John

    Nice skirt in the picture above- wouldn’t mind having it in my closet. Before everyone assumes a NYC policeman was out of line; it would be better if this young lady can prove if such an incident ever really happened. Sounds like a news article needed to fill an empty page awaiting readers’ comments.

  • destiny

    This article made me laugh….I am a American :-) Riding a bike in a skirt is offensive and distracting…I don’t want to see your crotch while your riding a bike…YUCK…You should wear proper clothing while biking and hanging things off of your handlebars is dangerious….You should always wear a helmet!!!! We also have a great police force that gets all of the facts before writing a ticket…She only got a warning and was asked to put on the proper clothing while biking here…In the netherlands I have yet to see a cop do anything….LOL…Also What would happen if a cop stopped a expat ? MMMMMMM it sure would not be a warning…

  • Sara

    Official NYC bike rules can be seen here: http://bikingrules.org/rules/rulesoftheroad. I’ve never in my whole life heard of anyone given a ticket for what they are wearing!

  • Ramon

    @ Copenhagen you’ll get fined for having someone at the back of your bike. Completely normal in the Netherlands. Guess each country has its rules..

  • Wil

    Sounds like the type of things that police pull here in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Holly is very correct, both the police and the bicyclists are not aware of just what the cycling laws are, thus it’s a free for all.

  • Jason_Buttle

    You have yet to see a cop do anything AND you are sure an expat would get more then just a warning. Isn’t that a contradiction?

  • sjgretiredaf

    New York, run by fools.

  • endthefed

    only a crazy person would even try to bike anywhere in the 5 boroughs. Because drivers are crazy here and there are 9 million people. Plus I stopped wearing skirts like 15 years ago in the city because I got too much harassment. NYC is the worst city in the world, I hate it, and I’m a native.

  • endthefed

    good luck with that one..what happens to America happens in NYC first, and NYC’s soul is dead. It’s catching to the rest of the country already.

  • RVB

    Marketing stunt….

  • centralparktarzan

    welcome to Saudi Arabia…hahahaha

  • Reltih

    In NYC where a dude can walk around in underwear dressed as a cowboy

  • Peter Bering

    Why would anyone want to go to NYC or the USA in general?

  • arabsrulechina

    When in Rome do what the romans do. It’s about respecting the laws of the the local country.

  • normalinnit

    The police are not my best friend you idiot. They’re a gang of thugs lke the KKK, the bloods, and the crips.