Near-naked bikers protest lack of gov't support in nocturnal TA ride

Dozens of people on bikes and rollerblades, clad in nothing beyond thongs and lawfully wearing helmets, rode through Tel Aviv on Tuesday night in a protest visualizing their exposed condition on Israel's roads. The organizers said they hoped to gain public support for a cancellation of the law obligating helmets. They explained that in hot weather, the law prevents many people from riding bikes and rollerblades due to the discomfort of wearing a helmet in such conditions. In addition, the ride protested the lack of government legislation that would promote paving lanes designated for safe and environmentally friendly non-motorized means of transportation.