World Naked Bike Rides

Silly me.

I should have done some research first before posting an entry here called Nudism/Naturism: World Naked Bike Rides (which has now been taken down). I assumed the events were about nudism/naturism.

Fortunately, our dear friend Alex (Happy Bare) pointed out to me that World Naked Bike Ride events are not so much about nudism/naturism, but more about delivering “a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world,” as a Wikipedia entry says.

As Happy Bare points out:

Hello Jillian, I will ride this year in both events, however, the WNBR is not about nakedness of naturism. It is a protest about oil dependency, the pervasiveness of the car culture, and to promote bicycle use and modes of people transport other than cars. It uses nudity to attract the press and spectators. Unfortunately with all the nakedness present the core message is often lost.

So, there you have it. I may post about the Montreal event again as it draws closer. Also follow TheNaturistsPag on Twitter, which provided the image above.

– Jillian


7 thoughts on “World Naked Bike Rides

    1. I’ll be happy to meet you at Oka, but I won’t participate in this event. I mean, I drive to work every day, ya know. Would be hypocritical of me to protest against cars and such.


  1. Happy Bare is right as to the cause behind the ride but the nudity on this event helps to normalize nudity in the minds of the general public and that helps with the acceptance of naturism. On the west coast I know naturists that go in it principaly for that purpose.


  2. The WNBR is DEFINITELY also about nudism/nakedness, because it addresses POSITIVE BODY IMAGE. As you know, Portland has BY FAR the biggest event in the world and they acknowledge this in their publicity videos (including the one you posted earlier) and on their websites. They actually say this:

    “The World Naked Bike Ride is:

    A lighthearted protest against our dependence on fossil fuels.

    A commentary on the vulnerability of cyclists and other less protected users of the road. That’s the naked part!

    A celebration of positive body image for all and an expansion of our social boundaries.

    So get naked, hop on your bike and join thousands of cyclists on a ride through Portland, Oregon.

    Everyone is welcome to join, registration is not required and there is no cost to participate.”

    Whomever told you otherwise can (and should) be ignored.


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