World Naked Bike Ride
Since 2001, following the deaths of six cyclists in separate road accidents in Zaragoza, Spain, every year in about 80 cities around the world, cyclists gather on an agreed date to cycle naked through the streets to highlight the dangers faced by cyclists in the hostile environment dominated by car culture. The rides quickly evolved to champion other issues; the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel by making greater use of sustainable transport, and the importance of body acceptance and freedom.Though officially a protest cycle, these colourful events have become a celebration of the power and individuality of our bodies.
In 2022, the rides have taken on extra significance as many countries are trying to reduce their dependence on Russian oil and gas following the invasion of Ukraine.
The Irish leg of the 2022 World Naked Bike Ride takes place in Cork on Saturday 27th August. To protect riders from harassment by photographers, the route and starting point are not made public. Instead riders are asked to register their interest beforehand, and they will be given details of where to meet, the legal obligations, and practicalities such as where their clothing is kept during the ride. Although many opt to cycle completely naked, nobody is obliged to disrobe. The principle is that you take part as bare as you dare. Many opt to be body painted on the day, and artists travel from many parts of the country to volunteer to paint cyclists, giving the Cork ride the reputation for having the most artistic ride in the world. Participants have to be over 18 years.
To register simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org