Cork in the Republic of Ireland will celebrate World Naked Bike Day

Members from a previous naked bike ride in Turin (Italy) Credit: Luca Boldrini CC

CORK in the Republic of Ireland will celebrate World Naked Bike Day next Saturday August 27 as part of an annual event which first started in 2004 although it back pedalled during the pandemic.

Some 50 cities around the world celebrate the event on different days during the year and the intention is to campaign against the use of fossil fuel as well as highlighting the dangers that cyclists face when riding through cities.

Different laws in different countries govern whether those taking part can actually ride naked but this isn’t a major concern for the riders as if they can’t strip off completely, then they are encouraged to wear as little as possible.

Indeed, many have found it appropriate to turn to body artists who are able to make the riders appeared dressed whilst in fact under the paint they are totally naked.

With so many different people of disparate ages involved, there is a third message which concerns body image and acceptance although some do find themselves a little ‘saddle sore’ after completing the ride and there has been some hilarity over whether the riders are able to generate zero emissions.

To promote the concept, there is even a documentary film available created by High Altitude Films where various participants in one ride discuss their reasons for taking part and screening can be arranged by visiting https://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/.

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