A group of bikers in all their bare-naked glory took to the streets of Vancouver On Saturday June 13 for the World Naked Bike Ride 2015.
People of all ages, sizes, builds and appearances shed their clothes and rode across the city to raise awareness on oil-dependency, environmental issues, positive body image and the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads.
The naked cyclists rode their bicycles with very little to absolutely no clothing on, flaunting what they have in the greatest celebration of human powered happiness the city has ever seen.
The event was a celebration of creativity, individuality, and at the same time a protest against car culture and oil spills. The global movement has received the support of Greenpeace.
The World Naked Bike Ride has taken place all over the World for over a decade; including cities such as London, Montreal and Toronto. This is the sixth time it has been in Vancouver.
The event started at Sunset Beach where riders stripped off to be painted with slogans including “Less Oil, More Ass” and “4 skin Power” in front of bemused tourists and passersby.
The ride started at 2:00 pm. Most of the cyclists opted to go fully nude and were thankful that the weather stayed fine and sunny.
Many of those taking part in the event overcame their nerves to strip off and cycle naked. The dress code was very simple: “Bare as you dare,” creativity and decoration of bikes and bodies was encouraged.
The ride was liberating, empowering and downright fun. The atmosphere was jubilant.
People outside restaurants, stores and pubs stopped to stare as the ride made its way along the city’s streets. Many spectators seemingly enjoyed the bizarre spectacle.