Thousands of Nude Cyclists Are Riding All Around The World Against Cars: Here’s Why

canterbury world naked bike ride 2017
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Naked body exposed, body painting, bike decorating, custom themes, and other creative expression. This is what you can see if you attend the World Naked Bike Ride, an annual peaceful worldwide mass event started in 2004 and taking place in spring or summer. The goal is to draw attention to oil dependency and the negative social and environmental impacts of a car dominated culture. This is a kind of unusual and exuberant protest against our social system where people are killed by vehicle emissions or die in a car accident.

This year 2017 the event is already taking place and nude cyclists rode through cities to protest against cars. Currently, 70 cities in 20 countries are affiliated, with different dates all around the world). Rollerbladers, rollerskaters and skateboarders are also welcome, without any discriminations based on age, size and colour.

But why are they naked? Is it a kind of perversion? Is it a hidden way to make nudity a normal thing? Well, according to them, “the protesters use their nakedness to ensure they’re not missed. Their purpose is to celebrate cycling and the human body, along with the vulnerability of cyclists on the road.”
(Source: World Naked Bike Ride Wiki).

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As defined by themselves, “this is the craziest, wildest, most insane event of the year. People taking part of the event face the automobile traffic with their naked bodies as the best way of defending their dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences people face due to dependence on oil and other forms of non-renewable energy.”
(Source: World Naked Bike Ride).

As stated on their FAQ section, “nudity isn’t required to participate in this ride. All rides around the world are clothing optional. The dress code is ‘bare as you dare’, so please try to challenge yourself. Wear as little as you can while still feeling comfortable about it.”
(Source: WNBR FAQ).

This is what happened in London last June 2017:

What do you think? Do you believe going naked is really necessary and contributes to defend our dignity? (not every protesters were totally naked by the way, Ed.).
Would you allow your kids to see it or even participate?
Do you know better ways to educate the world on this issue?

For sure riding naked can attract a lot of attention. But will people focus mainly on the bodies rather than on the real issue – which would be even more perverse and yet vain?


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