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article imageNude bike riding okay unless cyclists go without helmets

By Sandy Sand     Dec 24, 2009 in Lifestyle
A pair of late evening cyclists found a forgiving New Zealand cop who understood their need to “experiencing total freedom,” but told them their freedom ended at their heads and they needed to put on helmets.
The odd incident occurred on Dec. 7, but has just come to light about a pair of early holiday season revelers in the seaside resort town of Whangamata, New Zealand, where summer is just beginning, and the late night nude bike ride was described by Senior Constable Cathy Duder as “summer hi-jinks.”
The resort town is a popular surfing and holiday getaway spot for partying during the holiday season.
When Duder stopped pair of young men in their twenties, they explained their nudity by telling her they wanted to experience total freedom.
Duder's response:
"You may experience total confinement. You should head home and get helmets."
The naked as jaybirds pair turned tail and immediately disappeared in the direction from which they came. Duder said she didn’t see them again during the rest of her shift.
If arrested, public nudity carries a charge of offensive behavior, but Duder said she “cut the two men a break.”
"It was dark and there was no one else around. They were jovial young men who had not intended to cause offense," she said. She described the two as "happy young men in their mid-20s ... they appeared to be as sober as two judges."
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