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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Gettin' naked at the World Naked Bike Ride

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

The third annual event is one of more than 70 worldwide rides gathering bicyclists (both naked and not-so-much) to raise awareness of bicycles on the road.

The World Naked Bike Ride's New Orleans chapter meets 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 — the ride begins and ends at Markey Park in Bywater.

The inaugural ride in 2009 and in 2010 hosted more than 300 riders in various states of dress — underwear, togas, body paint, strategically placed electrical tape, Speedos and bikinis, actual nudity. (Expect lots of dudes in a shorts/shirtless combo.) Their mission: "to peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy."

The global event offers an FAQ on the subject of naked riding, and obviously at No. 1 is "Isn't riding naked uncomfortable?"

The answer is "No," unless you're biking through hills, in which case absolutely yes — New Orleans shouldn't be a problem there.

One rider captured the 2009 ride on film (with a Le Tigre soundtrack), which you can check out below.

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