Nude cyclist’s conviction quashed

Dom Post 3 March 2010

Nude athlete Nick Lowe has been let off a fine and conviction for riding his bike naked, but a High Court judge says this does not mean we can all pedal around in the buff. Mr Lowe was convicted of offensive behaviour and fined $200 after he was stopped by police while riding his bike nude on Akatarawa Rd, north of Upper Hutt, on March 15 last year – World Nude Bike Day. A female motorist phoned police after seeing him pedal past in a state of undress – except for his legally required helmet.

His lawyer, Michael Bott, had argued that public attitudes to nudity had changed and said Mr Lowe, who regularly trains in the nude, had not received any other complaints. In a ruling issued yesterday, Justice Denis Clifford said Mr Lowe’s nakedness had not met the test of offensive behaviour. He quashed the conviction and fine.