Baring it all for naked bike ride

For a less-dressed cycling experience, cast off your inhibitions and your clothes and join the annual World Naked Bike Ride on June 11.

The motto of Victoria's World Naked Bike Ride is 'bare as you dare' and have fun.

For a less-dressed cycling experience, cast off your inhibitions and your clothes and join the annual World Naked Bike Ride on June 11. While not technically part of the Victoria International Cycling Festival, it conveniently falls within it and promises to add some humour to the cycling celebrations.

The WNBR participants, in various states of undress, leave the Legislature front lawn at 3 p.m., take a tour around downtown, then head off for a pleasant au naturel ride along the water and back downtown again. The WNBR journey has been totally spontaneous in the past, but, this year, maps detailing a planned route will make sure everybody stays together and no one is left alone and exposed.

“It’s about practising sustainable transportation and showing how vulnerable we cyclists are on the roads,” says Cordelia Horsburgh, a cycling advocate involved with the event since its inception. “Most of us are not nudists. We are willing to challenge ourselves to take our clothes off to show our commitment to cycling.”

Despite the ride’s lofty visions, Horsburgh describes the experience as fun and, quite frankly, hilarious.

“From 98 per cent of people, their reactions are joyful and enthusiastic. Most people find it comedic, so it’s really great to be a part of that. There is the odd person who thinks we should be ashamed, but really not very many.”

As for any legal issues, so far no one has ever been arrested for indecent exposure on Victoria’s WNBR. In fact, the police may be on hand to facilitate safe passage through downtown.

The WNBR, started in 2004 by Vancouver filmmaker and writer Conrad Schmidt, is celebrated in over 70 cities from 20 countries. Participating cities connect via a website providing information, promotional literature, posters and support for people who want to start up a ride in their city and a place to post pictures and stories of your city’s ride.

“The World Naked Bike Ride is the most fun event of the year,” says Horsburgh. “It’s crazy and ridiculous and for a good cause. And it goes to show, you can advocate for change, but you don’t always have to do it aggressively. You can do it with a sense of humour.”

For the record, you don’t actually have to strip off to participate. The motto of the ride is “bare as you dare” and costumes, bike decorating and body painting are encouraged. M

World Naked Bike Ride

For more information visit worldnakedbikeride.org or visit Victoria World Naked Bike Ride on Facebook.

Just Posted

Juxtaposition key to art in The Lines Between at Gage in Oak Bay

The artist will be on hand for the opening reception on Sunday, April 29

FILM REVIEW: Violent vigilanteism helps cast disquieting spell

Robert Moyes offers his take on Joaquin Phoenix and You Were Never Here

Tickets go quickly for Tom Cochrane show at Elements Casino

Multi Juno Award-winner rejoins Red Rider bandmates for grand opening concert

Rockin’ steady with Phonosonics

Victoria roots reggae band looks to attract wider audience with appearance on Rise Up TV show

Sooke man pursues music for a lifetime

Al Pease has been playing music for over 65 years

Shania Twain visits Canadian Armed Forces base in B.C.

Canadian country icon thanks members of CFB Esquimalt for their service

Royal baby: It’s a boy for Kate and William

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Ballet Victoria soirée fundraiser a prelude to final show of season

Company winds up its 15th season in the city with Peter Pan next month

Dinosaurs taking centre stage at National Geographic event

NatGeo Live series finale May 2 at the Royal features renowned paleontologist

Celebrate Earth Day with guided walks through Beacon Hill Park

Local naturalists explore Garry oak ecosystem on Camas Day

Shania Twain set to visit CFB Esquimalt

Country music star is meeting members of the Canadian Armed Forces

Blue Bridge Theatre kicks off it 10th season with fun Russian farce

Unique spin on Chekov classic promises surprises

Cochrane alters lyrics to honour Humboldt Broncos

Rock singer, performing at the Elements Casino grand reopening May 5, changes up ‘Big League’

Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th?

Is friggatriskaidekaphobia harmless fun, or should we be proceeding with caution today?

Most Read