It is that time of year again to get prepared for World Naked Bike Ride 2019! Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. This awesome event is taking place tomorrow, June 8 with its starting point a closely guarded secret.
The ride brings attention to alternative ways to get around town other than using gasoline but by manual labor and I’m happy to be a part of it. “Less Gas, More Ass” is our slogan rolling down Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Then the route goes north toward Wrigley Field south into Logan Square by way of the 606.
Bicyclists will rule the roads this Saturday night in Chicago as the World Naked Bike Ride rolls through town. There is a clothed party that follows the ride afterward at an undisclosed location. Regardless of your level of participation, enjoy yourself and let it all hang out in the name of alternative energy and perhaps trying something new.
The event is bare-as-you-dare; anything from body paint to underwear to fanciful costumes are encouraged. Due to legal restrictions in Chicago, full frontal nudity is at your own risk, but large numbers of participants do go all out. Large-scale body painting is typically available pre-ride, and personal expression is encouraged, according to the site. Cyclists familiar with Critical Mass can see this as a clothing optional.
What I really enjoy about this ride is the camaraderie you instantly get with thousands of other riders. The experienced riders stay on the periphery to protect the newbies who are inside the sphere of influence. It is a beautiful atmosphere with tremendous people watching out for the masses.
Extremely well organized, friendly naked people—I have not found anything not to like about this event, which is in its 16th year of existence. I have ridden in the rain, 90-degree heat, pleasant 60-degree weather with a light breeze blowing off Lake Michigan. Luckily, tomorrow’s conditions are pleasant and nice for the evening. Whether it is your first time or you are a veteran of the World Naked Bike Ride, enjoy the evening and the awesomeness that happens once a year here in the most beautiful city in the world, Chicago!
Cyclists can check in tomorrow from 6 – 7:45 p.m. before the 8 p.m. start at the southeast corner of Fulton Park (360 N Jefferson St.) but that’s not where the ride launches. The secret location will be unveiled tomorrow on the site and on Facebook. Check the Facebook event for more info. And if you just want to watch, you can do that, too.
Featured photo: Cyclists biking at the Grand Rapids race (because the WNBR doesn’t allow photos)