13 Feb Everything You Need to Know About the World Naked Bike Ride
Naturism takes place in many forms – naturist beaches, naturist cleaning, or nude getaways to name some examples – yet probably one of the most well-known is the naked bike rides.
You’ve probably heard about naked bike rides but how much do you know about them? It’s a lot more than simply riding a bike in the buff and the World Naked Bike Ride proves exactly that. Here is everything you need to know about the World Naked Bike Ride.
First of all, what is the World Naked Bike Ride?
As you may have already guessed from the name, the World Naked Bike Ride is a global event where people meet around the world to cycle across cities in the nude. Although the word ‘naked’ is in the title, clothing is optional so if you want to cycle in underwear, nude, or fully-clothed, it is entirely up to you. The motto ‘bare as you dare’ is to encourage freedom of choice in what you wear.
The big question is, what is the purpose of this nude event? Other than meeting new, open-minded people and being a whole lot of fun, the event does actually have a much deeper reason behind it. It is a global protest that is designed to tackle three main causes
- To fight against a global dependence on oil.
- To promote the safety of cyclists in a car-abundant culture by showing the vulnerability of cyclists.
- To share a message of body positivity.
To participate in the World Naked Bike Ride, you don’t even need a bike – the idea is that the participants use ‘people-powered’ transport such as skateboards, push-along scooters, and in-line skates, in addition to bikes.
What is the atmosphere of the event like?
Despite the powerful message that the World Naked Bike Ride promotes, it’s all good fun and fosters an immersive, united vibe. Riders often cycle with body paintings and other body art, costumes, and decorated bikes as well as carrying sound systems for some background music to make the event even more upbeat. The before and after the event have turned into parties too with live music, body painting, and DJs.
Where does it happen?
All around the world in both the north and south hemisphere! More than 75 cities are actively involved with the World Naked Bike Ride. We participated in the Brighton naked bike ride in 2017 and it was an incredible experience with great people and a relaxed atmosphere. This year, the naked bike rides will start on 10th March in the southern hemisphere and on the 9th June in the northern hemisphere (obviously a naked bike ride is much better in the summer!). The exact dates of the rides vary from city to city and you can check out the World Naked Bike Ride website to find out which cities near to you will host an event and on which day.
One of the best places in the world to do the naked bike ride is in Portland in the USA. It hosts one of the largest naked bike rides in the world and the atmosphere is unforgettable. The post-bike ride events are always great fun too and have plenty of people socialising, drinking, and reminiscing about the day.
How much does it cost to participate?
Nothing, it is absolutely free! You can bring a donation though as the events are organised by the organisers’ own funds and they always appreciate donations.
Are there any legal issues with being naked?
That depends on the city and country but the vast majority of rides have never had any legal issues. Some rides have been criticised by conservative views that don’t support public nakedness or going topless but the ride participants see it otherwise. For them, cycling naked is to raise awareness and draw attention to cycle safety, which can ultimately save lives.
They also say that cycling naked is non-sexual (and that sex is not the intent or purpose of the rides at all) but rather a way of celebrating our bodies and freedom. Not only does the ride support independence from oil and safety for cyclists, it is also about self-empowerment and feeling good in your own skin. These values can never be encouraged enough!
How well are the events received in the cities?
Usually, extremely well! In some cities – such as London, Portland, Brussels, Vancouver, Brighton, Helsinki, and Philadelphia, the police have actually stepped in to help facilitate the event by providing traffic control and streamlining the flow of traffic. Most other cities simply just let the event take place without getting too involved and simply monitor the situation to make sure there are no incidents.
I want to get involved! How can I do it?
First of all, don’t be shy. You will be one person naked among a huge group of naked people so you won’t stick out at all, no matter your body shape. People are always very respectful on the event and refrain from staring or making others uncomfortable – after all, people are there for good fun, to do something different, and to support a great cause, not to try it on with others. Remember, if you feel uncomfortable at any time, you don’t have to go fully nude and you can get used to it gradually by starting in just your underwear and removing bits as you go (if you wish to!). Being nude – whether it’s cleaning naked or cycling a bike in the nude – is one of the most natural things you can do in the world.