On Saturday, June 12, upward of 50 near-nude bicyclists rode a loop from Hillcrest to the courthouses in downtown, drawing attention from tourists and locals. Many of the riders wore just enough clothing to cover their genitalia (and, in the females’ case, their nipples) in order to comply with the City's anti-public-nudity ordinance. Some wore flesh-colored “skin suits” that made them appear naked from afar.

The riders were accompanied by patrol cars and the sounds of whistles and cameras. Many of the tourists who stopped to watch the procession had no clue of what the naked ride was in protest of. Some speculated that it had something to do with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, though they couldn't make the connection to the nude riders.

The World Naked Bike Ride is an event that has been staged in 70 cities and 20 countries. According to worldnakedbikeride.org: “We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy.”

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MsGrant June 15, 2010 @ 9:05 a.m.

This was on NPR the other day, too. I think it was in Denmark or somewhere to protest the oil spill. And they were allowed to be NAKED. I thought it was pretty cool. But riding a bike naked sounds a bit unsanitary. For the bike.


xians421 June 15, 2010 @ 5:52 p.m.

There were 61 riders, 13 police cars and 1 paddy wagon.


David Dodd June 15, 2010 @ 6:11 p.m.

Overkill. They're just nekked bike riders. Meanwhile, people were mugged and raped and murdered. But, holy hell, we can't have nekked bicyclists, that would be the worst thing ever!


MsGrant June 15, 2010 @ 10:54 p.m.

Word, Refried!! Just waiting for a nekked bike rider to show their goodies so they can beat them to a pulp. Hmmm.


David Dodd June 15, 2010 @ 11:03 p.m.

Yeah, apparently. I foresee tazings. Not pretty at all. For the love of all of humanity, just leave the nekkid bike riders be!


MsGrant June 16, 2010 @ 1:06 p.m.

Be free, nekked riders, go forward and spread your good karma to the far reaches of the universe, free from the tyranny of the Man!! We have your, umm, back!!


CuddleFish June 16, 2010 @ 1:41 p.m.


Come on, MsG, be Lady Godiva on the bike!!!


a2zresource June 16, 2010 @ 1:45 p.m.

Are people allowed to write "nipples" and get paid for it?!?


MsGrant June 16, 2010 @ 2:03 p.m.

a2z, if there were any justice in the world, the answer would be no. NIPPLES, NIPPLES, NIPPLES!! Now where is my check?

CF, you have to go, too! This is not a one woman show!


CuddleFish June 16, 2010 @ 2:18 p.m.

I am so there! What was the cause again?? Do we care????


Smorg June 22, 2010 @ 1:44 a.m.

Oh, I suppose 'nipples' alone would get turned down, though when used in proximity to 'genitalia' and 'naked', it all overloaded the screener and passed the publication process... ;oP

But, seriously, it isn't a cuss word or anything. What's wrong with a nipple??? It's what we call a certain body part (and the city code uses it to define just how much cloth you have to have on to not get cited for breaking the anti-nudity ordinance).

I have to agree with MsG about how this sort of thing seems rather unsanitary for the bikes, tho...


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