[SIZE=7]Naked Bike Ride 2020: ‘As Bare As You Dare’ But Don’t Forget The Mask[/SIZE]
The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international, summer, clothing-optional cycling event that usually takes place in as many as 80 cities across 20 countries.
This year was no exception, however due to the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions in many locations, the 2020 version saw a more modest turnout.
“This year, in order to stay within coronavirus social distancing guidelines, the revealing cyclists traveled the city in small packs,” reported the Times Picayune about the ride in New Orleans in June. “Many wore face masks and at least one rider took the opportunity to express allegiance with the Black Lives Matter movement.”
A naked cyclist wearing a face mask rides through downtown Madrid during the Naked Bike Ride 2020.
(Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)
[SIZE=6]Virtual And Irreverent[/SIZE]
London, which every year hosts one of the most popular naked bike rides, opted for a virtual edition that included discussions by zoom, photo contests and even an online after-party.
Toronto which also held a smaller version of the event, featured its ride under an irreverent logo: “Less Gas, More Ass.”
The Spanish logo in Madrid this year was ‘‘Naked before traffic.’’
[SIZE=6]What To Wear, Do Not Fear[/SIZE]
Participants in the annual Naked Bike Ride strip off their clothes to symbolize the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, to celebrate freedom and to protest car culture. Or, as the organizers explain, “to put a stop to the ‘indecent’ exposure of people and the planet to cars, pollution, and violence.”
The International naked bike ride in Thessaloniki, Greece, took place in June 2020.
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What to wear? Do not fear, advise the organizers: "The World Naked Bike Ride, dress code is “As Bare As You Dare” and it can include people riding skateboards, roller skates or running. “How bare is that? How dare is that? It’s all up to you. You decide what you are comfortable with. No one is excluded or discriminated against based on levels of clothing, body paint, or anything else for that matter!”
These are the objectives of the World Naked Bike Ride #WorldNakedBikeRide movement in the words of the organizers:
[li]It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.[/li][li]Breathe easier.[/li][li]Body image/self awareness.[/li][li]Self-sufficiency.[/li][li]Think Globally, Act locally.[/li][li]Less is more.[/li][li]The unabashed vehicle of the revolution.[/li][li]Community-building.[/li][/ul]
would you participate if the event came to Kenya?