Chicago’s 20th World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) will return later this month as part of the international clothing-optional event that aims to bring attention to “freedom from oil.”
Taking place on Saturday, June 24 from 8 pm until midnight, hordes of nearly-nude participants will cruise through the streets of Chicago to champion cycling as an environmentally friendly means of transport and simultaneously celebrate the beauty of people.
According to organizers, the 15-mile bike ride is not simply a naturist party but rather a free speech exercise “trying to save the planet.” As full-frontal nudity is illegal in Chicago, organizers remind interested riders that, despite the fact the event sees large numbers of participants go all out each year, participating is at their own risk.
“Even when clothed we cyclists are virtually naked and exposed to the dangers and pollution imposed by cars. By cycling naked we show our confidence in the beauty and individuality of our bodies and the bicycle’s place as a catalyst for change to a future of ecologically responsible transport and healthy and humane communities,” reads the About Me section on Chicago’s WNBR Facebook group page.
“It’s only natural that people-powered transport is the way to a truly sustainable future. Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are heading.”
Exact details of the event (including the start location and route) are kept disclosed until days before in an attempt to ward off “crowding of the creepy variety.”
A location will then be announced nearer to June 24 where verifiable participants on bikes will be provided directions. Check-in and gathering before the event starts is usually 6 pm – 8 pm where people cover themselves in large-scale body painting.
According to the World Naked Bike Ride: Chicago website, the event is “bare-as-you-dare; anything from body paint to underwear to fanciful costumes are encouraged.” It also states “be nice to everyone, and leave no trace. If you can’t be golden don’t come.”
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