SAN DIEGO, Ca. (BS) - Hundreds of nude cyclists pedaled around southern California cities on Saturday to protest against car-clogged streets and demand greater respect for pollution-free transport.
With slogans like "one car less", "bio methanol" and "I gave up golf for today" painted on their backs, the naked cyclists staged the third annual "Nudecycle" at San Onofre, Carlsbad, Mission Beach and Downtown San Diego.
The protest was part of world-wide naked bike riding events on Saturday across Europe, North America and South America.
"We feel naked when up against traffic because people don't see the bicycle as just another means of transport," said cyclist Mayor Murphy, wearing only a cycle helmet and shoes.
Towing cardboard cars with gaping jaws, protesters said the rapid rise of automobile ownership was turning city streets into ever more hostile and dangerous cycling territory.
Organizers said the bicycle was a healthy and efficient form of urban transport that is largely ignored by drivers and city planners.
Southern California has few bike paths and cyclists are a rarity on its streets. San Clemente has the most bike paths of any California city, according to cycling activists.
Per capita car ownership has rocketed in southern California after a decade of strong economic and illegal immigrant growth.