Too cold for nude protest, NYC bikers switch gears

Too cold for nude protes

Bicyclists who planned to go topless to protest the removal of a New York City bike lane have switched gears. Some pinned plastic breasts over their jackets as they rolled into a snowstorm. Dozens of protesters biked through an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn on Saturday. Bike messenger Heather Loop organized the event. She says the lane was removed because the neighborhood's Hasidic Jews "can't handle scantily clad women." Some Hasids say the issue is not showing leg but rather a concern for safety for the children being dropped off by school buses. The protesters planned to read through the streets without their tops, but wintry weather forced them to stay dressed. The bikers' plastic tactics did not amuse faithful Hasids leaving synagogue services with their families on the Sabbath.