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WNBR Earth Day/BP Oil Spill Protest Revival

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Type:
Critical Mass
Location Details:
Justin Herman Plaza, Market Street & Embarcadero Blvd, east side of Vaillancourt Fountain

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) has rides in both hemispheres and now these rides are starting to occur in solidarity with one another. They are also branching out to occur with events that mesh with the purpose of reducing our dependency on oil and environmental issues regarding a sustainable energy policy. Earth Day is a perfect time to use the methods of the WNBR to remind us that it is important to get involved and think about our energy consumption in transportation, communications, habitation, agriculture and all phases of energy needs in our society.

It's that time to tune up those bikes and toss those riding duds in the wash, you won't need them for the World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco. Its the second WNBR of the year, in conjunction with Earth Day and the first anniversary of the British Petroleum Deep Horizon explosion and Macondo Well oil spill disaster, the worst oil spill in history, on April 20, 2011.

This disaster of epic proportions has all but fallen off the media map and the public's radar. Oh sure, in the mainstream this will probably receive small mention and token memorials to all that dead sea life and birds as well as the environmental devastation on the major broadcast and cable outlets, but hardly leading stories. They are all about the recent Japan quake & tsunami. Sure, that is important and sad, but BP should not be left off the hook just because some media cartel decides what the front page news is. That said,its time to remind the public about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What better way to refresh their memory than with a World Naked Bike Ride.

Our San Francisco contingent will meet at the east side of the Vaillancourt fountain in Justin Herman Plaza at 4:00 PM. We are planning a 5 PM departure from the Plaza so that the ride will take place in the part of the day when locals who work daytime can have a better opportunity to join in and also that our ride can take advantage of the commute traffic, just as Critical Mass does. March is generally the onset of spring like warmth and it is now daylight savings, so it should be a nice day for a WNBR. But we ride rain or shine so no excuses not to be here and bare it out.

You decide how much bare you can dare, you can go all out in the joy of sun clad nakedness, go topless, bikinis, body paint or latex, leotard or lingerie, or tuxedos, whatever you feel like. For this ride, however, since an oil spill is the target of our angst, an appropriate statement can be made to mimic spilled oil. Nude riders can use black body paint splattered or coated. Those a little timid about nudity can use black trash bags that resemble spilled oil. Or you can be even more creative and artistic with black latex body paint to achieve a sheen and gloss that really looks like spilled oil.

Skates or skateboards have ridden along with us in the past. How about a nude unicyclist? And music maestro please. How about some of you musical bikes from Rock The Bike sounding off with us?

As always, our ride is in continued protest of an unsustainable energy policy in all nations around the globe. We support the innovation of alternate and improved energy technologies, the social commitment to a more sustainable energy consumption and generally the pure fun and joy of riding naked to draw attention to these issues. However, this time the main protest is about the BP oil spill and since this is Earth Day, special reverence for our ecosystem and respect for Mother Earth.

Our ride will focus on downtown SOMA areas, Embarcadero, AT&T Park and most flat areas along the financial area downtown.

So set this date on your calendars and get your friends and fellow bike riders to join us. Ride as bare as you dare (nudity desired but not required).

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