The World Naked Bike Ride is interpreted differently by different nudists and naturists. For some, it’s the heyday of naturism, where naturists get the chance to come out of their fenced of zones and ride their bikes nude through the center of some of the world’s most fascinating cities. Others see the WNBR rather as the heyday for voyeurs, bringing out their tele lenses to take pictures of the nude people on bicycles. And others keep swearing by the original idea of the World Naked Bike Ride: A protest march which has nothing to do with naturism or nudism at all.
They are all right, in a way. But what we do know is that World Naked Bike Rides around the world yearly attract many thousands of participants. Who often tend to be a lot younger than those at the annual petanque tournament at the naturist club. A great example might be Hector Martinez. Thanks to participating at the World Naked Bike Ride he learned about the joys of social nudity. Something that would lead him to form his own nudist community, become president of the Mexican Nudist Federation and become the world’s most popular nudist YouTuber.
Even though the WNBR was not initially meant to be a naturist event and even though it tends to attract the occasional Peeping Tom, we are sure that these events are an excellent way to bring social nudity in the picture, in a very positive way.
UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, some of the following events may be canceled or postponed. Check the event’s website for accurate info!
What is the World Naked Bike Ride?
The World Naked Bike Ride originated in the early 21st century as a protest against oil dependency and the fragility of vulnerable road users. The nudity was meant as a purely symbolical way to emphasize how fragile the human body is in a world dominated by cars.
Everyone knows that the media loves nudity and footage of the World Naked Bike Ride was spread around the world. Others would quickly join the events: Promotors of body freedom, female rights activists and of course naturists, who noticed a unique opportunity to get naked at places where it’s normally forbidden.
The World Naked Bike Ride of 2004 was organized in 28 cities in 10 countries on 4 different continents. Today, there are at least 100 different cities around the world where you can once a year ride your bike in the nude. Although the organization of the events is often taken over by local naturist associations, the message for a cleaner, safer and more body-positive world is still standing strong. In many cases, also a lot of side events are organized next to the main bike ride.
Where can you ride your bike nude in 2020?
We are not going to list all World Naked Bike Rides here because some of them don’t have confirmed dates yet. Instead, we’ll give you an overview of some of the most impressive cities where you can be sure to enjoy a day of social nudity while supporting a good cause.
Byron Bay, Australia
When: March 8, 2020 at 1:30PM Where: Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay Participants: 100+ More Info: Facebook
When: March 15, 2020 at 12PM Where: Will be announced one week before the event. Participants: 100+ More Info: Website
When: March 20, 2020 at 12PM Where: Tarpeian Precinct Lawn Participants: unknown More Info: Website
When: June 20, 2020 at 2PM Where: Frère-Orban Square Participants: 300+ More Info: Website
When: July 18, 2020 at 5PM Where: Varsapuistikko Participants: unknown More Info: Facebook
When: June 27, 2020 Where: Central Cork City Participants: 50+ More Info: Facebook
We have an announcement to make!
The Naked Wanderings 2020 Prize for Country of the World Naked Bike Ride goes to… The United Kingdom!
Really, there isn’t another country in the world that will organize so many naked bike rides in the summer of 2020. It’s incredible. If you happen to be in the UK in June and July, you’ll get the chance to cycle nude pretty much every weekend.
The following rides are already confirmed: Edinburgh (June 13), London (June 13), Brighton (June 14), Cambridge (June 20), Chelmsford (June 27), Ipswich (July 11), Colchester (July 18) and Clacton (July 25).
The following cities are likely to organize a ride in 2020 as well: Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Folkestone, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton, York and maybe more!
São Paulo, Brazil
When: March 14, 2020 at 6PM Where: Praça do Ciclista Participants: 500+ More Info: Facebook
When: July 18, 2020 at 1PM and 8PM Where: Dorchester Square Participants: unknown More Info: Facebook
When: June 13, 2020 at 12PM Where: Coronation Park Participants: 200+ More Info: Website
Chicago, IL, USA
When: June 13, 2020 at 6PM Where: TBA Participants: 1000+ More Info: Website
Philadelphia, PA, USA
When: August 29, 2020 at 6PM Where: Pattison Ave Participants: 3000+ More Info: Website
Los Angeles, CA, USA
When: June 27, 2020 at 9AM Where: Downtown Los Angeles Participants: 500+ More Info: Website
Portland, OR, USA
When: June 27, 2020 at 8PM Where: BA Participants: 10000+ More Info: Website
Cape Town, South Africa
When:arch 7, 2020 at 10AM Where: Sea Point Library Participants: unknown More Info: Website
Join the World Naked Bike Ride
5 different continents, 22 cities in 9 countries. That are a lot of places to choose from if you like to drop your clothes and ride a bike. And this is just the start, we’re sure that many more places and dates will be announced soon.
Did we forget to add your favorite WNBR city on the list?
Let us know in the comments section of this blog post!