Helmets are recommended, but clothing is optional for St. Louis' sixth annual World Naked Bike Ride. Organizers announced today the ride will take place 8 p.m. July 27 and will feature a pre-ride party featuring music, live art and bike expo.
Like its counterparts across the globe, the St. Louis ride is both a protest against fossil fuel dependence and a celebration of all body types.
Riders are encourage to go "as bare as they dare." The ride has taken place without arrests or incident since its St. Louis debut in 2008.
"Together, we demonstrate the importance of rights and safety of our cyclists on the road, because we’re vulnerable whether we’re wearing clothes or not," said ride coordinator Stephanie Co. "We ride against car and oil dependency and its destruction to our communities and our environment. And finally, we ride to reject mainstream media portrayal of which body types we should accept; we should all be proud of our bodies."
Riders will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Grand Parking Lot for the festival. At 8 p.m. cyclists will set off on a 10-mile ride through South Grand, Cherokee, Soulard, Downtown and Grand Center before ending in the Grove.