|India--one hand around the driver, maybe.|
|Rome, 2007. Waiting for the dress to|
get caught in the wheel.
It's understandable that Muslim men of a Shariah bent--who paradoxically seem to be titillated by just about everything--would find their hearts beating fast at the sight of the spread legs and prominent rear ends of cycle-straddling young women. Indeed, we (that is, I) have not been immune to the occasional palpitation while surfing the streets of Rome on a warm spring day.
And we have witnessed, with shock and concern, the occasional effort at going sidesaddle (right). It's a dangerous practice: bikes must negotiate bumps and the occasional object, and they lean as they turn. A passenger with both legs on one side, and only an awkward grip on the handles (that only sometimes exist) on either side of the back seat, could easily fall off. Modesty has its price.
|China. Two riders, one helmet.|