The San Francisco naked ride photos have just been put up — here.
Yes, it’s taken quite awhile — the ride was June 11. Only four months… but the organizer has done a really great job. There are separate albums from five different photographers and hundreds of pictures. (Does get a little repetitive after a while.)
This may be one of the best collections for WNBR 2005. If you want to check out the other cities, you’ll have to go to the main WNBR page and start looking yourself. Select a country, then a city. Most don’t have many photos, but there’s lots of other info. Many cities have their own discussion groups at Yahoo! or elsewhere.
Imagine doing this yourself next summer. Better yet, get involved, or organize a ride yourself. You can sign up for new cities at the pages for the appropriate country. If the city is already listed, just check back early next summer for further information, or join the discussion group. If you can’t find your country, you can be the first — sign up at the main page.
Originally published October 18, 2005
The WNBR contingent in Portland, OR, seems to have been the world’s second largest (after London) — 169 strong, according to this report:
“23 minutes we ride! Clothes off!”
After the midnight count-down to pants down, the 90 people at the dance met another slew of naked people in the street all waiting for the moment of truth. Clothes were stuffed into saddlebags, body paint was slapped on. The one toddler, who was not naked, but well bundled up against the chilly night winds, was strapped onto his seat and into his helmet. Not everyone was naked, but everyone was sexy!.”
The figure of 169 riders mentioned later in the report represents folks who joined after the start. But that’s not all — a number of spectators apparently joined in the fun also:
I saw a few not-so-innocent bystanders swinging their own clothes and personal fetters around their heads in support.
Sounds like a good time was had by all.
Here’s a handful of photos documenting the fun.
Originally published July 16, 2005
Not all WNBR events were hassle-free. In particular, a ride in the small tourist-magnet town of Conway, New Hampshire was plagued by officious cops.
Richard Bartlett, one of two naked riders who was arrested, plans to bike in naturist-friendly Vermont next year.
Naked ride ends in arrest
Originally published June 17, 2005
The AP news story on WNBR pretty much mentioned only London and Madrid. Here are some alternate references:
Naked cyclists protest car use
Cyclists Ride Naked In London
Cyclists Ride Naked in London Protest
Naked European cyclists protest car use
Unfortunately, it’s typical sloppy MSM journalism. For one thing, the story can’t make up its mind about how many riders there were in London. It leads off mentioning “hundreds”, but then says “about 100”. In fact, the ride organizers have an accurate count. Since the ride started and ended at the Wellington Arch, it was easy to count participants both at the beginning and end. 210 were counted at the start — and 250 at the finish. Meaning that at least 40 joined en route.
But there’s no clear mention at all of WNBR rides in the U. S. It appears that Seattle and San Francisco both had reasonable turn-outs. Report from Seattle says 62-63 riders, despite an early finish due to inclement weather. About 60 riders were also reported in San Francisco.
And if this report from Portland, OR can be believed, there were 200 riders there.
Originally published June 14, 2005
News stories on the WNBR now coming in. The ride in London seems to have been especially successful, with at least 100 participants.
World Naked Bike Ride 2005 – London
Cyclists bare all in oil protest
Naked cyclists in oil protest ride
Cyclists Ride Naked in London Protest
Mike Grenville of Bare Witness has posted 125 photos of the London ride. (Location may be temporary.)
Originally published June 12, 2005
Alert! The official World Naked Bike Ride for 2005 is on Saturday, June 11.
Visit worldnakedbikeride.org for full information, including the location of the naked bike ride closest to you.
In case you’re not familiar with this event, it is a real, honest-to-gosh opportunity for you to go naked (if you wish) and demonstrate your support for naturism.
Even if you can’t participate personally, find out where the nearest ride is happening so you can go and show your support for the riders.
Originally published June 6, 2005