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The Naked Truth About Vermont Nudity Laws

Burlington, Vermont - June 9, 2006

This may come as a surprise to many people, but if you wanted to bike, roller blade, stroll or sunbathe on the Burlington bike path in the buff-- it's perfectly legal.

Phinneas Sosin expects 100 bicyclists will join him for the second annual bike ride through Burlington to protest energy policies-- all of them completely naked.

"The parts of the nakedness, I believe, is a real symbol against commercialism," says Sosin.

"Simply the fact that you're unclothed is not against the law," says Bill Sorrell, D-Vt. Attorney General.

Sorrell says there is no Vermont law that prohibits public nudity, unless you're a flasher.

"When you're dealing with a flasher, they're doing something that's open and grossly lewd specifically for sexual gratification," explains Burlington Police Lt. Mike Schirling.

"I can't imagine it's very much fun to ride a bike nude, or roller blade in the rain nude, but you're not gonna end up in jail for simply doing it," says Sorrell.

Nude sunbathing in Burlington would be legal anywhere in the city. In front of the police department, on a city street, any beach, or on the bike path. There's only one restriction: you can't nude sunbathe in city parks.

Vermont's clothing-optional policy drew mixed reviews on Church Street Friday, where everyone was fully clothed.

"I don't like it," said one man, "Too many grandchildren around."

"Well, whatever floats your boat," said a woman.

The nude bike ride starts at 5:00 PM Saturday and organizers say it will work its way through the midtown area for about 15 to 30 minutes, but they are not announcing the route in advance.

Brian Joyce - Channel 3 News

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