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Friday, June 11, 2010

Tomorrow is World Naked Bike Ride Day. Yes, Again.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 5:30 AM

It's not every day, just twice a year
  • It's not every day, just twice a year

Should you be run down in a crosswalk by a naked person riding a bicycle on your way to the Ferry Building Farmers' Market tomorrow (and it would serve you right for being an elitist tool and not patronizing Alemany Boulevard), it's not deja vu you're experiencing, even though bare-butted bikers also flapped in the breeze around town in March.

Saturday, June 12 is World Naked Bike Ride day in the northern hemisphere; it just so happened that San Franciscans also pedaled in the buff in March, in the southern hemisphere event.

Aren't you glad you moved here?

Coming to a Farmers Market near you on Saturday
  • Coming to a Farmers Market near you on Saturday

The event is exactly what it sounds: bicyclists are asked to congregate in Justin Herman Plaza around noon on Saturday, sometime after which point they will strip off their clothes and pedal about town. "Think of it as Critical Mass with a REALLY lenient dress code," their Web site reads.

While The Snitch doesn't plan on participating in such a fete, we do note that we've often driven our car while not wearing a shirt, and done so gleefully, particularly when motoring on Highway 99. Though for that reason we probably wouldn't be welcome anyway: riding naked through the streets is (of course) an act of protest. World Naked Bike Ride Day riders (dayers?) ride to draw attention not to their naughty bits but "our nation's energy policy, the monopoly of the domestic oil cartel, the dependency on oil imports, the slow response for energy alternatives, the auto industry's focus on high end, low mileage vehicles (both domestic & foreign)."

Wear sunscreen and watch for pedestrians, everyone.

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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