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“I used to get annoyed with the cops, but now I feel they’re just part of the ride,” says Sarah Bush, organizer of San Diego’s chapter of the World Naked Bike Ride, which takes place in 70 cities and 20 countries around the world.

“What we do is perfectly legal, and them trying to stop a semi-nude girl following traffic laws on her bike is not, so I don’t want people to get discouraged or scared when they see law enforcement.”

In 2010, Bush and her attorney intended to file a request for an injunction to lift the city’s anti-nudity ordinance for the day of the event.

Despite Federal Judge Larry Burns decreeing that the ordinance would remain in place, about 61 riders showed up in varying degrees of undress for the afternoon ride.

No arrests were made.

San Diego City’s nudity law states that “No person over the age of ten years shall be nude and exposed to public view…” while the County law says it is “unlawful for any person to appear, sunbathe, bathe, walk, disrobe, or otherwise be nude in any public place except in an area expressly set aside for such purpose or in those portions of a comfort location, if expressly set aside for such purpose.”

Violation is punishable by a fine of no more than $500 and imprisonment for no more than six months.

Though it is not explicitly stated in the law, the police assured last year’s 33 riders that underboob constitutes nudity.

Duct tape was made available to conceal offending submammaries and no arrests were made.

“I’m more optimistic about the ride this year,” says Bush. “There are a couple new additions to the route and we’ll have a break somewhere along the route to get a drink or bite to eat. I want to chill out more this year and not be so rushed to get from point A to B.”

This year’s “bare as you dare” ride takes place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 2.

Follow San Diego’s World Naked Bike Ride Facebook page for the start time and location, which will be released closer to the date of the event.

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Bush on right

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Ian Pike May 17, 2012 @ 2:35 p.m.

My only problem with this ride would be exposing my carefully cultivated, razor-sharp cyclist's tanlines to such great abuse!

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xians421 May 20, 2012 @ 11:07 a.m.

Thanks for the plug Chad. A minor detail: The definition of NUDE in San Diego was written by DA Dan Dramer, my Criminal Law II Prof. It defines nudity as "Devoid of an opaque covering". That was written in 1976 specifically for Black's Beach. I asked Dan exactly what he meant and I quote Dan:"I wrote it so that body paint would be considered an opaque covering, even if it's the same color as the skin underneath". It's too bad he died before the court case in 2010 or we might be able to ride with just paint and no stupid tape.

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