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World Naked Bike Ride starts this Saturday

Combine the issues of sustainable transportation and body image, and what do you get? For many around the world, the answer is the World Naked Bike Ride, an annual global event dedicated to promoting cycling, community-building, peace of mind, and “…the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.”

Launched in 2004, and promoted heavily online, WNBR has become huge: from Budapest, Hungary, to Taichung, Taiwan, to right here in St. Louis, riders will be gathering to cycle together sans clothing on either the 12th or 19th. Events in the Southern Hemisphere are generally scheduled for next year at this time (and isn’t it winter down there at this time of year? Brrr…).

Want to participate in World Naked Bike Ride?

The general rule seems to be “sign up and show up.” And, as the event’s wiki makes clear, “naked” is relative: you can go “as bare as you dare.” The site has a full list of upcoming rides… as well as pointers for organizing an event if one isn’t happening near you.

So, what do you think? A powerful, meaningful way to engage the public on issues of oil dependence and body image? Blatant exhibitionism? A golden opportunity for lookie-loos? Let us know what you think… and check out the Facebook group Biking Revolution of Love & Freedom News for information on this and other cycling activism events.

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