• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

World Naked Bike Ride Day

WNBR:  Elvert Barners

Have you heard the “nudes?” When it comes to, well, unusual holidays, this one ranks right up there – no ifs, ands or “butts” about it! A very special day is here and folks around the world are ready to celebrate the occasion in the all-together! Get ready to hit the road in your birthday suit. It’s World Naked Bike Ride Day! Since its inception in 2004, the annual international event is typically observed on the second Saturday in June, although some locations celebrate the occasion on different dates.

The grass-roots effort not only helps raise awareness about our reliance on oil and the environment, but also helps promote a positive body image and shines the light on the vulnerabilities of cyclists. And if you think this is not a popular event, you’d be quite wrong. Clothed, partially-clothed and naked riders from 70 cities in 20 nations will participate this year.

And just in case hopping on a bike in the nude isn’t your cup of tea, you can also slip on a pair of skates, hop on a skateboard or unicycle, tricycle or rickshaw. Everyone is welcome. Whether you prefer to don your birthday suit, an itsy-bitsy bikini, tidy whiteys or artistic body paint, it is totally up to you how much bare down there you want to share.

Whether you plan to peacefully protest with the other participants or prefer to party, just don’t forget your helmet! And your sunscreen! Today is also World Gin Day! Bottom's Up!

Please note - While some rides will take place rain or shine, check with the ride nearest you for specific information. It is also important to be aware of local laws regarding nudity in your neck-of-the-woods. Bottoms up!