TUCSON - Tucson authorities are warning would-be participants in a planned naked bike ride Saturday that they could crack down on indecent exposure.
The ride, whose organizers haven't revealed themselves publicly, mimics others held across the world in recent years. Bikers ride nude - or as nearly nude as they dare - to bring awareness to biking, protest global oil dependency and celebrate the human body.
Events held in Seattle and Eugene, Ore. last year resulted in brief scuffles with law officers and a handful of arrests. Two more are planned in Seattle this summer.
Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin said Thursday that totally naked riders would be subject to Arizona's public-indecency statute. The crime is a misdemeanor, unless the exposure is in the presence of a child under age 15.
Lawyer Erik Ryberg, who specializes in representing bicycle riders, said he has been contacted about the legal issues by people who plan to participate.
Besides warning them of the indecency statute, he noted that they could risk a serious felony if children are exposed to their nudity.
Fliers making their way around Tucson give an e-mail address and tell riders to gather Saturday at 7 p.m. at North 10th Avenue and West Fourth Street for the planned ride.