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World Naked Bike Ride (and skate) Chicago

Welcome to the ChainLink group in support of Chicago's annual running of the World Naked Bike Ride: "Celebrating the end of the oil and the beauty of people."

The 11th annual ride will be the evening of Saturday June 14th 2014.
TheChainLink event posting / Facebook Group

The following is excerpted from (go there for much more info)

Interested in the amazing World Naked Bike Ride Chicago?
JOIN the mailing list right now!

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike (or other person powered) event where participants ride en masse for the dual purpose of bringing attention to people powered transport and promoting positive body image. For a great overview see WikiPedia.

The event is bare-as-you-dare; anything from body paint to underwear to fanciful costumes are encouraged. Due to legal restrictions in Chicago, full frontal nudity is at your own risk, but large numbers of participants do go all out. Large-scale body painting is typically available pre-ride, and personal expression is encouraged. Cyclists familiar with Critical Mass (which is massive in Chicago) can simply see this as a special clothing optional additional June mass.

Chicago's past events included many hundreds of cyclist and numerous inline skaters, and covered over a dozen miles of high visibility city areas. In 2008 the 5th annual event drew a staggering 1700 riders! Blessed by decent summer weather in a great cycling city, the event has grown into a fantastic rolling celebration, with similarities to other major alternative parades world-wide. Participants often describe it as a transcendent group experience, personally transforming, and beyond superlative.

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Discussion Forum

Neighborhood Meetups 5 Replies

Started by Andrew Bedno. Last reply by Seth Allen Jun 8, 2014.

Holy Cow! Naked Ride in 17 Days on June 9th!

Started by Jera Sue May 23, 2012.

Ever Done The Naked Ride?

Started by Jera Sue May 17, 2011.

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Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 13, 2015 at 1:20pm

I'll be ridecasting on

So worst case, you may be able to cvatchup.


Suggested viewing points:
10:15pm Boystown, Halsted & Belmont
11:15pm Wicker Park, Damen and Milwaukee

Comment by Mathew DeGutes on June 13, 2015 at 11:56am
Will the starting point be different than in years past? I will be cutting it very close to make?
Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 13, 2015 at 11:54am

Chicago's 12th Annual World Naked Bike Ride departs today at 8pm!

Check-In begins after 6pm at Mary Bartelme Park, 909 W Adams, at Peoria.

This is not the starting point of the ride (keep your clothes on), you will be told where to go from there.

If you show up without a bike, skateboard, inline skates, or some other HUMAN POWERED TRANSPORT you cannot join.

Please do not show up at the last minute (8pm), many people get left behind doing that each year.

We ride rain or shine, so BE PREPARED for ANYTHING.

Travel Tips:
There is no parking near the starting location, so consider biking in or utilizing the CTA's bike and ride, you can put your bike on a bus or train.

Blue Line: Grand stop is very close, so is the Halsted UIC stop

Green Line: Morgan St stop is perfect

Halsted and Ashland buses are a good option.

Weather permitting we may grill after. So bring something, or you can pickup later.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 1, 2015 at 11:35am

(cross-posting from WNBRC's emailing)

=== Safety How To ===

Chicago's World Naked Bike Ride proudly continues a tradition of mutual respect, responsibility and safety. Participants look out for and cooperate with other riders. Specifically regarding safety the most important things are:
* Keep your clothes with you- NOT with a friend.
* If you encounter creeper nonsense call it out.
* Sometimes bystanders get hands-y during the ride.
* The ride has volunteers.
* Make sure you and your bike are ready.

Breaking these down...

* Clothes with you
This is a drop ride. Stopping a bike parade of 2000+ for multiple inevitable flats is impossible.
Yearly someone loses their friends in the crowd and falls behind the ride's end. When you're that rider the group's protection disappears. If a friend carries your clothes you could be alone, who knows where, naked.

* Creeper nonsense
Resist with a loud "NO!" if your personal limits (or a friend's) are violated. Creeps have a harder time when people suddenly stare at their offensive behavior. Attract the attention of friends and allies.

* Hands-y bystanders
Avoid potential gropes, slaps, and high fives by staying out of reach in the center of the street. The adventurous ride nearer the sidewalk.

* Ride volunteers
Most wear vests or lanyards. Please let us know if you encounter an issue; everyone should feel safe. On the flip side, please meet us with mutual respect if we ask something of you.

* Be ready
Get a bike tune-up if needed. Rest so that you're fresh for miles of bystanders cheering you shedding clothes (as bare as you dare!) Stay hydrated and eat. Carry water, food, and needed prescriptions.

I'm eager to see you Saturday, June 13th!

More info:

Join the safety vested team:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on May 13, 2015 at 9:40pm

(cross-posting from WNBRC's emailing)

Just a month 'til World Naked Bike Ride : Chicago #12

Celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people.
The evening of SATURDAY JUNE 13th 2015
Questions? See

NOW'S when to make sure YOU and BIKE are ready.
We care, so check your wheels and put in some miles.

Print yer own flyers!

Facebook funtimes:

Done a few WNBR's already? Ready to step up?
Help shepherd the cats

C U in June!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on May 12, 2015 at 12:56pm

World Naked Bike Ride : Chicago #12 is Saturday June 13th 2015

Comment by marcus on March 30, 2015 at 11:31pm
Please see my post in the general forum about amending Chicago's overly restrictive pedicab ordinance .
Comment by Andrew Bedno on July 10, 2014 at 5:12pm

First rider count for 2014 using this video was over 2000, setting a new WNBR-C turnout record.  Congrats everyone.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 11, 2014 at 1:05pm

Reminding, the real action is over hyar:

Comment by on April 9, 2014 at 10:00am

Great April 1st article from Active Transportation Alliance (Thanx Ron!)

Active Transportation Alliance announces plans to launch Skivvy bike sharing system

The Active Transportation Alliance today announced plans to launch a new summer-only bike share system called Skivvy. Drawing inspiration from the Divvy bike sharing system and the popular World Naked Bike Ride Chicago, the new Skivvy bike share system will be marketed to people who prefer to ride in their undies.

“The popularity of the annual naked bike ride demonstrates an untapped market for nudists and clothing-light aficionados, and we think a lot of other people would rather ride without a business suit or even Lycra bike shorts on a hot summer day,” said Active Transportation Alliance executive director Ron Burke. “Some people aren’t sure what to wear when biking, but you don’t need to worry about that with Skivvy.”

“Many people choose to ride bikes because of the sense of freedom it provides,” said Burke. “With our new Skivvy bike sharing system, riders will experience a whole new level of freedom -- no matter if they’re wearing boxers, briefs, bikinis, G-strings, lingerie or long johns.”

Skivvy docking stations will be equipped with dispensing systems for soft, washable seat covers that riders put on the bikes when they ride and toss into a receptacle when they reach their destination. Skivvy will wash and reuse the seat covers.

“Our research shows people love to share bikes, but not butt sweat,” said Burke.

Active Trans said it is in negotiations for locations to place its Skivvy docking stations, but is hopeful they will be in place before the first sweltering summer day.


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