Naked, body-painted bi­cy­clists ride through Philadelphia

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Thou­sands of bi­cy­clists in var­i­ous stages of un­dress have ped­aled their way around Philadelphia to pro­mote fuel con­ser­va­tion and pos­i­tive body im­age.

The Philly Naked Bike Ride on Satur­day fea­tured peo­ple sport­ing masks, un­der­wear, body paint, glit­ter or noth­ing at all. A lot of riders wore just their shoes.

Deb­bie Kaighn, who was rid­ing in the pop­u­lar an­nual event for the third time, wore shoes, socks and body paint. On her front were streaks and splashes of yel­low and green paint, and on her back was the mes­sage “Live free, ride nude.”

“I’m a na­tur­ist, and I be­lieve in body free­dom,” she said. “And I’m also a cy­clist.”

The 19-kilo­me­ter (12 miles) ride through the City of Broth­erly Love is among many re­lated to the World Naked Bike Ride move­ment. Riders on the twist­ing course wheeled through Univer­sity City, around the Rit­ten­house Square park, down to City Hall and through Chi­na­town. Giddy crowds cheered them on while shoot­ing photos and videos on their cell­phones.

Ed Blan­ton trav­eled from Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, to ride nude in the Philly event for the fourth time “be­cause I’m a bi­cy­clist and it’s fun.”

He wore just a sign on his back: “The earth is the Lord’s.”

“I like to get this mes­sage out,” he said be­fore hop­ping gingerly onto his bike and rid­ing off.

Other riders sup­ported as­sorted causes, in­clud­ing breast can­cer re­search. One had painted on his back, “Burn fat, not oil.”

This is the sev­enth year of the Philly Naked Bike Ride, which draws about 3,000 par­tic­i­pants. Or­ga­niz­ers say they hope the event en­cour­ages peo­ple to bike more and to em­brace nu­dity as a nor­mal and en­joy­able part of life.

AP

(Left) Par­tic­i­pants in the Philly Naked Bike Ride paint each other be­fore rid­ing in Philadelphia, Penn­syl­va­nia on Satur­day, Aug. 29.

(Right) Riders in the Philly Naked Bike Ride celebrate as the horn sig­nal­ing the be­gin­ning of the ride fi­nally goes off in Philadelphia on Satur­day.

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