With a slogan “Come bare as you dare, ” The World Naked Bike Ride has presented a challenge. It’s a friendly challenge that asks people to reassess their views of themselves and the world in which they live. The ride’s title seems, to some, to just be a bunch of hippies riding their bikes around town reminiscing of the “free love” era. Well, those people are there too but there’s much more to the WNBR than that.
The goal of this ride is to peacefully protest our dependency on oil and to promote the rights that cyclists are entailed to on the roads. This is the 6th annual WNBR in St. Louis and each year grows exponentially with an approximated 1,000 beautifully naked bodies in 2012.
There will be live music, body painting, an expo area, and free bicycle valet before hand in the South Grand Business District parking lot at Hartford St. and Arkansas Ave starting at 6pm. See the full list here. The 13 mile ride departs at 8pm and will cover a handful of neighborhoods including Cherokee, Soulard, Downtown, The Central West End, and The Grove. Don’t worry about the pace if you don’t consider yourself an experienced cyclist. The ride is slow and stead with lots of stops to make sure no one is dropped.
Just like last year, the WNBR will end in The Grove. The WNBR ride partners Atomic Cowboy and The HandleBar have you covered with drink specials and awards for best (un)dressed, and most creatively (un)dressed.
The Atomic Cowboy has been generous enough to allow cyclists to leave their bikes locked up on the back patio if they feel too intoxicated to ride home. Please take advantage of this service. Nothing is worse than crashing a bike naked. (I know from experience. Ask for my selfies from last year)
Here is the link to the Facebook Event