ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This year’s World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis is only a few days away. Organizer Stephanie Co stopped by to tell Tim Ezell and john Pertzborn about the annual event.
For the sixth year, riders will bare it all (or as much as they dare) for a clothing-optional bicycle ride around St. Louis to protest oil and car dependency, raise awareness of cyclist rights and vulnerability on the road, and advocate positive body image and body acceptance.
This year’s pre-ride gathering will begin at 6 p.m. at South Grand Parking Lot (3600 Hartford) and will include live music by Unifyah and Mathias & the Pirates, body-painting, free bike parking valet by Mike’s Bikes, live art by Mark Swain, an expo of over 20 cycling, environmental, and body acceptance organizations and businesses, participation and performances by Improv Anywhere, STL Hoop Club, and Gateway Burners, St. Louis Earth Day sponsored by South Grand CID, speakers, a rally, and more.
The ride will depart at 8 p.m. for a 15 mile loop around the City, passing Cherokee, Benton Park, Soulard, Downtown, Washington Avenue, Midtown, Grand Center, and Central West End with rider support from Spoked STL, before ending in the Grove for a post-ride celebration hosted by HandleBar and Atomic Cowboy. Post-ride celebration will include live music by Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, water games, photo booths, and more.
Last year’s ride drew 1,000 riders, growing from 600 the year before and becoming one of the larger rides, following Chicago and Portland.
World Naked Bike Ride
Saturday, July 27, 2013
6:00pm – Pre-Ride Gathering
South Grand Parking Lot
8:00pm – Ride begins
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