BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bike riders will shed their clothes and ride across Queen City Saturday to raise awareness on oil-dependency, environmental issues, positive body image, and the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads.
The World Naked Bike Ride has taken place all over the World for over a decade, but this is the first time it has been in Buffalo.
Those wanting to participate should arrive at the park on the corner of North and Linwood to find out the starting location. The actual ride will begin at 8PM, last for a few miles around Buffalo, and then all are welcome to attend the after-party downtown at Handlebar on Swan Street. For that however, at least underwear and shoes are required.
One of the event’s organizers stresses that this is not intended to raise any trouble. “This is a peaceful protest,” she said, “we’re not about to start any real problems. To make sure that’s in check, we’re not allowed any drinking beforehand, obviously no drugs or anything. We want to keep this message intact.”
Organizers instruct riders on their Facebook page to obey police but warn that those riding naked may be ticketed.
You can find more details on the event’s Facebook page. See what you need to know about the event below
What you need to know:
- Event draws attention to consumerism, reliance on non-renewable energy, environmental issues
- Riders asked to meet at 7 p.m. at North and Franklin St. downtown
- Those not wanting to be naked, body paint and riding in a bathing suit or your underwear is allowed
- Ride will conclude with party at Handlebar on Swan St. (shoes and underwear required)
- Nude riders run risk of being ticketed by police
- World Naked Bike Ride has taken place all over the globe for over a decade