"When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman," Mayor Suaidi Yahya told the BBC.
Motorists inch their way in a heavy traffic in Sumatra, Indonesia, on November 19, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Are you a woman in the Indonesian city of Lhokseumawe? Be forewarned: female passengers now are only permitted to ride motorcycles side-saddle, as local authorities have concluded that "straddling" the bikes is a violation of Shariah law.