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World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago


World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago

Time: June 9, 2012 from 6pm to 11:30pm
Location: TBA
City/Town: Chicago IL
Website or Map:
Event Type: naked, bike, group, mass, eco, green
Organized By: Andrew Bedno
Latest Activity: Jun 9, 2012

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World Naked Bike Ride (#9! since 2004). Yearly. Gathering and body painting before 6p, departs before sunset.
Massive bike and skate event celebrating the end of the oil era, and promoting positive body image. Held globally with dozens of cities participating, and Chicago routinely setting U.S. turnout records.
This is a bare-as-you-dare event with outfits ranging from body paint to fanciful costumes to beach-wear. Chicago's past rides rallied many hundreds of cyclists and numerous skaters covering over a dozen miles of high visibility city tourism and recreation areas. The ride's atmosphere is extremely joyful and transcendently fun.
Bicycles constitute the best solution to reducing America's petroleum addiction and improving public health. With gas prices skyrocketing and obesity an epidemic, our messages have become truisms.
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Comment by Vilda on June 8, 2012 at 6:15pm

Check in at the O by Harpo studio's (on randolph) - have your bike and be clothed at check in - Security will direct you to the rally.

Comment by ryan on June 8, 2012 at 10:34am

where in the world is the meeting point @ . the site is confusing :(

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 8, 2012 at 3:15am

Greetings fellow patriots!
This Saturday evening 1000+ cyclists will ride through Chicago celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people, simultaneously with many world cities the second Saturday in June since 2004. Join us in welcoming a people-powered future.

CYCLISTS: Check-in after 6pm at The "O" - Harpo's sign sculpture at about 1025 W. Randolph.
There they'll direct you to ride elsewhere. Ride leaves after 8pm.

FANS: Suggested viewing points+times are listed at
Halsted from Fullerton to Belmont around 10pm seems likely.
Action should be live on:
Follow on Twitter:

* Treat this as you would any 15+ mile summer group ride. Check your tires, pack minimally, bring water+snack, CardsCashPhoneKeys, etc. If you're not that much of a cyclist (yet) join us later or just come cheer.
* You don't have to body paint. Just wear something minimal and fun and sheddable, and come later. Personally, I'm going patriotic themed this year, asserting bicycles as key to America's future, and wearing flag colors. Others doing similar won't be alone.
* Enjoy the dressing/painting/glitterguts areas but move on. Frankly, they're not without sharps and poison ivy. Hang out on feeder streets instead and make new friends :)
* This wonder relies on everyone's good and joyful behavior. Ride the experience well and it's genuinely life changing. But be a pest and security'll de-friend you.


Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 5, 2012 at 5:23pm

Cross-posting from Yahoo mailing list (


World Naked Bike Ride Chicago is now just days away - HOORAY!!!!

MUST SEE - FOR ALL ANSWERS like when (evening of Saturday June 9th), where (TBA/west loop), can I take photos (no), parking (at home), bike rental (Bobby's), how naked (bare as you dare) ...

We're still finalizing the route, so check-in and viewing points are TBA, but soon.

MOBILE USERS: will be over capacity. Follow us on Twitter instead/as well (see the "pro tips" posted there daily!):

PREPARE YOUR BIKE AND YOURSELF NOW!!! You and it must be capable of over 15 miles in under three hours. If not, just come to a viewing point (TBA).

If costuming, finalize plans now. Consider accessories such as cape, gloves, boa, scarf, long socks for options in case of chill.
Personally, me and pals are planning patriotic themes, flags, red/white/blue, stars/stripes...

BODY PAINTING: Supplies and staff and time are limited. Only a lucky first few hundred can be served, may be declined for any reason, and strictly stops at sunset. PLEASE see the extensive notes and samples at
World-class body painter Amy J is available for just a handful of major works. You'll get the photo of a lifetime, but must book her in advance and negotiate fee. Contact her at

Remember, we're fighting to free America from oil addiction.
Leave attitude, drunkenness, cars, drugs and sex dolls at home, and you'll have more fun than three Christmases.

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