Well, here we go again: tomorrow is World Naked Bicycle Ride Day.
WNBR is an annual worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It is, in the organisers’ original words back in 2004, an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world. The dress code motto is “bare as you dare”.
The somewhat chaotic announcements concerning participation tomorrow suggests that there are going to be something like 70 cities in 14 countries participating. That strikes me as good news for democracy.
Let us ponder for a moment all of the countries and cities in the world in which it would be illegal to organize participation in this year’s World Naked Bicycle Ride. Not such a pretty thought.
Of course there will be discussion and divergent views, some of them quite possibly rather passionate. But we have to keep in mind this: it takes a bit of time and a certain amount of cultural flexibility to come around to understand the innocence and relevance of the concept. But it’s 2014 and if we cannot loosen up a bit anat least permit others to participate in such an event, well we may have a problem with our understanding of democracy .
The Huffington Post has coverage of tomorrow’s event in Portland Oregon under the title “World Naked Bike Ride Arouses Strong Reactions From Portland Residents” , while Wikipedia does an honest job of introducing concept at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Bike_Ride . Then there is http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/ with coverage in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Australian.
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From the editor:
A quick confessional: I may support the idea but in all honesty I have to go on record to explain that I have not yet doffed the unnecessary and joined the crowd. But don’t count me out for next year.