For many, going for a nice leisurely bike ride is a freeing experience, but apparently, it’s more freeing for some than others. The World Naked Bike Ride is happening in many cities around the world this weekend, and it’s exactly what it sounds like — a clothing-optional bike ride through the streets of your city. If you’re a bit apprehensive, don’t worry. Everyone will be as naked as they want to be. The event isn’t simply a random celebration of the human body but a protest against oil dependency and our reliance on gas-powered, motorized vehicles in our day-to-day life.
According to London’s event page, “The protest has a carnival feel, so you are welcome to adorn yourself with colorful body paint and slogans, wear fancy dress, disguise yourself a bit (eg sunglasses, helmet, mask) or remain partially dressed — be as bare as you dare.”
Contrary to popular belief, there are no laws against public nudity in many cities, including London, though you’re discouraged from getting naked before the ride, lingering too long in the nude afterward, or doing anything “indecent.” Many cities have special afterparties for the ride, and even though the attendees will be fully clothed, it should still be a pretty good time.
The event is BYOB (bring your own bicycle), and riders are advised to have their bike thoroughly inspected before participating to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
In many cities, the ride is taking place on June 8, including Toronto, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago. Other cities will host their events later in the summer, such as Los Angeles on June 22 and Boston on July 20. While there is no single website listing event information for each location, search online for naked bike rides coming to a city near you.