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the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
14 Jun 2014
Protesting Vehicle Pollution - On June 28, cyclists can take their clothes off and pedal through the city.

For the fifth consecutive year, cyclists from the Greater Boston area can take a ride through the streets without their clothes on.
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On Saturday, June 28, the World Naked Bike Ride, where hundreds of attendees shed their clothes, mount their rides, and pedal through several neighborhoods to call attention to the vulnerability of cyclists, is coming back to Boston.






According to event details, riders will meet at the bandstand on Boston Common at 9 p.m. before they strip down to their skivvies and set out on the trip down Newbury Street toward Massachusetts Avenue, and cross over the bridge into Cambridge. At the end of the route, organizers will host an after party (clothing required) where cyclists can mingle with each other. The exact location for the meet-and-greet has not been announced, but updates will be posted on the event page started by the organizers.


In 2012, just 45 participants mustered up the courage to join the event and ride bare-back through the streets. Last year, that number doubled, and the promoters are expecting yet another increase for the 2014 naked journey. “We will be focusing on…raising the fun level from 10 (max) to 11!,” organizers said.


Last year, event orchestrators told Boston that the purpose of the ride is to show that Boston has a “friendly, fun, and traffic-law abiding bike group,” while at the same time demonstrating how exposed cyclists on the city streets—literally. “Boston is becoming more and more bike aware, which is so wonderful, and we hope that our ride encourages more people to hop on two wheels,” they said.


The ride coincides with an international trend, called the World Naked Bike Ride, that started in Spain in 2004. Since its inception, hundreds of cities across the globe have hosted their own versions of the naked trek. If you’re bold enough to join the nude party, here are some simple tips to make the best of the evening:


Don’t be that guy (or girl): One year, someone without a bike decided it was a good option to use a Hubway—that’s a public bike many people make use of—during his ride to Cambridge. That means for about an hour someone’s bare backside was rubbing up against a seat that some people cozy up to when they commute to work. At least bring some sanitizing wipes.


Wear a helmet: This way, if you accidentally take a spill, the only thing that will sustain a few cuts and scrapes will be every other part of your body besides the most important part: your brain!


Bring extra clothes: The idea isn’t to show up nude, bike nude, and then hang out at the after party while still nude. Organizers stress the fact that participants should bring with them an extra set of clothes—or some type of cover up—so they don’t get stopped individually while riding toward the meeting spot, or when they are leaving the gathering at the conclusion of the evening. It’s also important because whatever establishment they go to likely won’t let riders linger around sans pants while sipping a beer. Clothing is optional for participants, but pasties, body paint, thongs, merkins, spandex, and tighty-whities are highly encouraged, organizers said.


If you don’t want to be on the Internet, don’t go: Or at least cover up a little. We live in a time where everyone has a phone, so when someone sees a gaggle of naked cyclists cruising down the busy streets of Back Bay, the first thing they’re going to do is start recording—and sharing it with their friends. If you’re not comfortable having your naked image passed between bystanders, and possibly ending up on places like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, it’s probably best to either wear some type of clothing or covering over your private parts, or at least a mask making it harder to identify you.

See: "I love that dirty water - Boston you're my home!" http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1a14jx_i-love-that-dirty-water-boston_
See also:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1a14jx_i-love-that-dirty-water-boston_music

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Re: the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
14 Jun 2014
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Re: the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
14 Jun 2014
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The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional
bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together
en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority
on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates),
to "deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive
world."


The dress code motto is "bare as you dare". Full
or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. There
is no mandate to cover intimate parts; this is a distinguishing
feature of the WNBR against other cycling events.


Creative expression is also encouraged to generate a fun
and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the
attention and imagination of the public and media, and
make the experience more personalized and fulfilling
for the riders. Body art, such as body painting, are common
forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art
bikes, portable sound reinforcement systems (such as
public address systems, bullhorns and boomboxes) and
musical instruments or other types of noisemaker.


Pre- and post-ride parties for WNBRs have become events
unto themselves, often featuring musical bands, DJs,
body painting, temporary structures/installation art,
political tabling, and catering. In addition to simply
being able to ride clothes-free on community streets,
some rides have established precedent by having body-painting
parties, often involving numbers of naked riders and artists
in high-visibility municipal parks.


This distinctive form of Critical Mass, occasionally
called Critical Ass in a WNBR context, is often described
or categorised as a form of political protest, street theatre,
party-on-wheels, streaking, public nudity and clothing-optional
recreation, and thus attracts a wide range of participants. http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/

See: On Youtube - Queen - Bicycle Race
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncQsBzI-JHc
Re: the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
14 Jun 2014
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Wearing helmets while riding bikes has been an important topic of discussion for both residents and elected officials over the last few months. But cycling through the city sans pants and shirts—almost completely in the nude—is something that a different group of bike advocates is currently focused on.

Organizers of the annual “Naked Bike Ride” through Boston announced they were gearing up to host yet another event, inviting riders to ditch their tops and bottoms, and bike the streets of Boston in the buff.

Organizers wrote on their Facebook page Monday that the event will be held at 9 p.m. on June 29, and attendees will meet (clothed) at the bandstand on Boston Common before stripping down for the breezy adventure.

While event details are as sparse as the riders’ apparel will likely be, this will be the fourth time the group will get together to let the wind hit their naked bodies while traveling through Boston. Last year, 45 participants rode bare-back down Newbury Street towards Massachusetts Avenue, and crossed over the bridge into Cambridge for the event. “We were actually assisted by the Cambridge Police force, so I think after three years, the city has finally come around to the ride—regardless of what anti-fun and angry Boston Globe columnists think,” said event organizer, Sara, who didn’t want to give her last name. “We ride to show Boston is a friendly, fun, and traffic-law abiding bike group, while at the same time demonstrating how exposed we are as bike riders on the city streets. Boston is becoming more and more bike aware, which is so wonderful, and we hope that our ride encourages more people to hop on two wheels”

Riders are encouraged to bring clothing for both before and after the ride, and it’s not a requirement to bike nude, according to Sara. “The dress code is ‘As Bare As You Dare,’ clothing is simply optional. Pasties, body paint, thongs, merkins, spandex, and tighty-whities are highly encouraged,” she said.

The stunt, which is an international event that started in 2004 in Spain, before spreading across the country to dozens of other cities, isn’t just about expressing cyclist freedom through near-nakedness—it’s also aimed at raising awareness about using alternative modes of transportation while pointing out the vulnerability of people traveling on two wheels on congested streets shared with cars and other vehicles. “By riding in the WNBR we face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy,” according to a statement from the national organization.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2013/05/28/naked-b/
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16 Jun 2014
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On Vimeo web share site ---- https://vimeo.com/98272475
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16 Jun 2014
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There is even more....
Re: the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
16 Jun 2014
Pink hair,

Flying high,

Free at last.
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16 Jun 2014
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That's my girl
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18 Jun 2014
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A party that has a social message.
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18 Jun 2014
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The costumes are more fun than being naked.
Re: the Naked Bike Ride Through Boston - 28 June 2014
18 Jun 2014
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People of all ages and types are welcome.....
Naked Bike Ride Through Boston
04 Jul 2014
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The 'after-party' is the best part.