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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?
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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

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

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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.

Comment by on March 21, 2014 at 2:15pm

VOLUNTEER SIGNUP is NOW OPEN! WNBR-C is proud to announce our new online system. Just answer a few simple questions such as phone # and confirm your email to be added to the Support discussions.
There's a ToDo list, meeting schedule, t-shirt giveaway and much more.  Go see:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 14, 2014 at 12:04pm

World Naked Bike Ride : Chicago - ONLINE GIFT SHOP! (beta)
Choose from hundreds of official naked ride art emblazoned items from t-shirts to undies, mugs to flasks, cuff links to yoga mats, flip flops to hats. Truly incredible, something for everyone!!! So buy yourself a special treasure to remember and the ride gets a great share of each sale.
This is NEW and untested. You may be the first order. Do tell us how it goes, purchasing experience, product quality, etc. Thanx!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 14, 2014 at 12:00pm

I've added an "Art" page so we've finally got someplace for things like Steven Lane's awesome PSA memes, past logos, future drafts, etc.  Go see:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 8, 2014 at 10:27am

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago mentioned in Thursdays's Colbert Report. At 7:51 in a feminism bit.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 7, 2014 at 6:13pm

I've updated our flyers and posters and such for 2014. I also added the circle logo sticker and t-shirt transfer PDFs we use for any DIY folks out there. I used the newest gender neutral fanny pack character art. It's dense, put prints OK even in gray scale. 

I also updated the Press page with new release and more photos, and the about page to reflect recent changes.



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