WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Mar 16) – 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.
“We have taken advice on the legality of their proposed action and have been advised that it falls short of an offense,” Sergeant 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 which require all cyclists to wear safety helmets.