Seattle is a city that loves its naked cyclists: Fremont Solstice Parade, Critical Ass…World Naked Bike Ride? We’re there:
It’s On! Drop your drawers – Bike Summer is here! Come join the 6th Annual WNBR Seattleride on 11 July 2009! Last year’s ride was a huge success, not only in Seattle, but around the world!
Seattle also loves its causes, which makes WNBR twice as popular. The Ride isn’t just about exhibitionism – it was created to be a body-positive, car-free, socially-just environmental protest statement. Which packs a little more punch than your usual protest because it’s being led by a crowd of nudists on bikes.
Capitol Hill is getting a piece of the action this year with a ride that starts in Louisa Boren Park, just north of Volunteer Park. Saturday brunch on the Hill is going to be just a little bit more exciting this weekend.
UPDATE: I spoke briefly on the phone with two of the organizers of this Saturday’s Ride, Emily Miller and Todd Tollefson. “The three main things that I think of WNBR representing are the promotion of body acceptance, alternative transportation without the use of oil, and increased awareness of bikes” said Emily. On the theme of bike awareness, Emily says that she’d “like to see the City get involved more officially in how we (pedestrians, bicyclists, cars) interact with each other”.
Todd mentioned one of WNBR Seattle’s taglines: “Because the Solstice Parade isn’t the only time you can ride naked in Seattle”.
We should be able to ride naked more often [than once a year at the Solstice Parade], so we do. We don’t have a naked beach in Seattle…besides naked bike rides, we don’t have many opportunities to be naked [in public] in Seattle. I wish we could all be less uptight about wearing clothes.”
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