It's time for our 5th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - San Francisco Southern Hemisphere Edition. In support of our bare brethren south of the equator, last year we had another large turnout for the 4 years of riding bare in the late winter, early spring through the city. It was another warm day for the March ride, about as warm as the main June ride with temperatures in the high 60's. It is time to bring your bikes to Justin Herman Plaza between Market Street & the Embarcadero Blvd and participate in this international protest of our dependency on the evil oil cartels.
We meet on the northeast side of Vaillancourt Fountain, between the fountain and Embarcadero Blvd at 11 AM. Bring body paints, washable markers, watercolors or other easily removed media to apply slogans and designs to your bodies if you wish. Our meeting time permits you about an hour to do paint, prep your bikes with signs and meet with old and new friends.
While it is a "naked" bike ride, all are welcome; it's ride as bare as you dare. There is a twist to the WNBR last year. The city of San Francisco Board of Supervisors just passed an anti-nudity ordinance that has an as yet unknown impact on our ride. Nudity is still allowed in events like Bay To Breakers and the Folsom Fair, which are operated under permits. It is our position that as a social & political protest we would have First Amendment protection. But this would require citations and a court challenge. There might be a number of riders willing to challenge the constitutionality of the law and therefore it is ride bare at your own risk. For most of us that want to remain inside the boundaries of this new ordinance, it will require a minimal coverage of the genital regions. That means, body paint, rubber latex, bikinis, topless, lingerie, bubble pack, whatever costume you are comfortable riding with to achieve to maximum effect of least coverage or to simply ride at what level of coverage
you are comfortable with. Aside from our reserved feelings, all 4 WNBR's were successful, with full nudity and no citations. The SFPD even had liaisons present to iron out any details regarding the ride and the new ordinance.
Our ride is part of a global protest taking place today in many cities throughout the US, Europe and other cities in the Northern Hemisphere. Tens of thousands of naked bike riders are protesting the global dependency of our society and economies at the hands of the oil cartels. We want to emphasize the harm this dependency causes to our environment, businesses and social lives. Nobody is unaffected. We want to endorse more bike riding and our nudity expresses our vulnerability to these matters. It also draws attention to our cause.
We will ride through many popular spots in the city such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina, along the Embarcadero, the Civic Center, and if it is warm enough, Ocean Beach, plus many more places of interest. It's great fun and an event you shouldn't miss.
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