Yes, this is in fact called the World Naked Bike Ride.
Because our nudity represents the indecent exposure of pollution, and destruction to planet Earth and its inhabitants including ourselves.
It also represents the vulnerability that cyclists face with dangerous drivers and unsafe roads.
This event reminds us of the fundamental freedoms we used to enjoy long ago but have collectively handed over to authorities, without moral thought, questioning or thinking of the consequences.
It provokes thought into why are we so ashamed of our bodies. What makes the human naked form so controversial?
Why don’t we clothe animals from indecent exposure? What is indecent about exposure? Where did the idea that nudity is indecent come from?
Does this indecency apply to all humans? Is it fair to force our religious views on others? Is my opinion indecent?
If exposing a naked human was indecent, surely staff in the medical industry would suffer? It’s a thought process we encourage many people to delve into. Keep asking: “But why?”
Remember that if everyone was the same, it would be unhealthy and stagnant – think Nazi Aryan race. Biodiversity creates survival and an opportunity of learning and growth. It’s a fundamental part of nature.
So, now that we got the awkward and shocking nudity part out the way. we can now tell you all about The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) because it’s about so much more.
First of all, the dress code is ‘Bare as you Dare’. That means you decide how to present yourself and you can wear as much or as little as you like. This ride is not discriminatory.
The WNBR strongly encourages art. Decorated bicycles and bodies are what really grab attention. Clear and concise messages against fossil fuel dependency to inspire thought is recommended.
The ride was initially started by a South African, Conrad Schmidt, who lives in Vancouver. It was to protest against fuel dependency and celebrate the power and individuality of the human body. Conrad organised the Artists For Peace/Artists Against War (AFP/AAW) naked rides before organising the first World Naked Bike Ride.
The first WNBR was organised in 2004 and was a collaboration between the WNBR group and Manifestación Ciclonudista in Spain. Since then, it has evolved into cycling advocacy. Actually, I wish it was that simple but that is the general picture. The reasons why people take part in the global event are as diverse as the people themselves.
PARTICIPANTS ARE AGAINST:
- Car emissions
- Air and sea pollution from the oil industry
- Aggressive car culture
- Deaths from motor vehicles and bicycle collisions
- Plastic pollution – a by-product of the oil industry
- War fueled by greed of the oil industry
- Traffic congestion and noise pollution caused by motor vehicles
- Climate change and global warming – a result of our dependency on oil
- Human extinction from melting ice caps and global warming
- Cruelty to animals e.g. starving polar bears, animals that have died in oil spills, penguin colonies under threat and 600 species going extinct every day
- Body shame
- Forceful oppression to conform to one culture or one religion
Participants not only ride against the issues above but they ride FOR many reasons too. They ride for:
- Safer cycling streets
- Cleaner air
- Human powered transport
- Renewable energy
- Free parking
- Sense of community
- Biodiversity of cultures and beliefs
- Positive body image
- Respect for natural beauty
- Self empowerment
- Walk-able communities
- Being environmentally responsible
- Sustainable and regenerative solutions
- Living in tune with nature and not against it
Meeting time is at 9am to ride at 9:30am sharp.
Dress Code: Creative expression is encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders.
*CHANGE OF ROUTE*
Start at 10 Darling Street Parking at 24 Kaizersgracht Road.
Turn left into Darling
Turn right into Adderly Street
Continue into Heerengracht
Turn left into Walter Sisulu
Turnleft into Lower Long Street
Continue into Long Street
Turn left into Wale Street
Turn left itno Adderly
Turn right into Darling and finish where we started
We apologise for the change of route yet again. After a meeting with the city and various representatives from traffic and SAPS, it was decided that this new route would be better to ensure safety of all the cyclists. Law Enforcement have said that we cannot attend the Cape Town Unites for Animals March on a bicycle 🙁You will need to lock up your bike to attend the march afterwards.