BOS­TON BIK­ERS BARE ALL

Gears up, clothes off.

Metro USA (Boston) - - WKND - HENRY JANI

2Lo­cals are in for an eye­ful this week­end as the World Naked Bike Ride rolls back into Bos­ton. On Satur­day, par­tic­i­pants will strip down for a 10-mile trek around the city. Or­ga­niz­ers in­vite at­ten­dees to “ride as bare as you dare.”

Ev­ery year, cy­clists around the world ride to­gether in the buff dur­ing the World Naked Bike Ride in hopes of cre­at­ing pos­i­tive so­cial change. The Bos­ton chap­ter, which be­gan eight years ago, will kick off this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties in Ja­maica Plain with bik­ers mak­ing their way to Cam­bridge in just their birth­day suits. Here are some facts to know for any­one in­ter­ested in this

au na­turel so­cial-jus­tice event.

1. De­fend biker’s rights and protest non­re­new­able en­ergy

At first glance, it can be quite easy to la­bel this event an ex­hi­bi­tion­ist ex­per­i­ment or a wacky, in­tim­i­dat­ing af­fair. This, how­ever, is re­ally not the case. “The World Naked Bike Ride started as a protest against oil de­pen­dence and its a great way to high­light the vul­ner­a­bil­ity that cy­clists face ev­ery day on the street,” ex­plains or­ga­nizer El­lyn Thomp­son. She points out that traf­fic in­ci­dents cause many cy­clist deaths each year in Bos­ton, and that rid­ing naked at­tracts more at­ten­tion to the cause while also pro­mot­ing “amaz­ing body pos­i­tiv­ity.”

2. Any­one can ride

Ev­ery­one who rides a bike, from Lance Arm­strong-types to daily com­muters, are wel­come to par­take in the WNBR. Thomp­son says that the event at­tracts all types of peo­ple and means some­thing dif­fer­ent for each in­di­vid­ual. For ex­am­ple, she most prizes the fact that this event is all about avoid­ing body shame, and that they re­ally do look for­ward to see­ing all kinds of dif­fer­ent body types, sizes, gen­ders, col­ors and ages.

3. You don’t ac­tu­ally have to be naked

WNBR wants to make sure that ev­ery­one knows nu­dity for this event is com­pletely op­tional. “We have ‘as bare as you dare’ as our slo­gan of sorts — there is no pres­sure to be nude,” clar­i­fies Thomp­son. “How­ever, I will say it is to­tally com­fort­able and fun rid­ing naked.” Rid­ers are also en­cour­aged to wear cre­ative cos­tumes that con­ceal their faces if they would pre­fer to re­main anony­mous.

4. Kick off the night with a party

The bike ride this year will be­gin at a pri­vate space in Ja­maica Plain for “dis­rob­ing, body paint, and get­ting to know each other,” ac­cord­ing to Thomp­son. This will start at 6 p.m. and the ex­act lo­ca­tion of this venue will be an­nounced 24 hours in ad­vance of the ride on so­cial me­dia and on the WNBR Bos­ton web­site.

5. Fin­ish off at Flat Top Johnny’s

Af­ter the ride, bik­ers and spec­ta­tors alike are in­vited to Flat Top Johnny’s pool hall and bar for food, re­fresh­ments and fun. Re­plen­ish all those burned calo­ries with a cold glass of Sam Adams lager and a juicy burger.

IS­TOCK

Join the world­wide move­ment of bik­ing in your birth­day suit.

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