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World Naked Bike Ride Chicago

Come As Bare As You Dare

An annual bike ride that began in Chicago in 2004, to promote freedom from oil and the beauty of people. Held every year since then, the riders check in at a public location then relocate to a private area for bodypainting and undressing, then three hours later they depart on a 15-20 mile long naked bike ride through the city. Participation varies each year depending on the weather, but ranges from 1000 to 1700 naked cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders.
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A Bumpy Start

In the early years some fully naked men were arrested by police, after riding through certain neighborhoods that complained. The following years as event organizers worked more closely with police, those neighborhoods were avoided and no arrests were made. Police even rode with the naked cyclists, escorting them 15 miles around the city.

As with all of the Rides, the main focus is to lessen our collective dependency of oil. And not just foreign oil, but ALL oil. On the surface this would seem to be a tall order, however each year the Ride grows stronger and receives a ton of moral and cooperative support from not only the Police but the Mayor as well.

The Riders begin to assemble from between 6:00pm and 9:00pm in order to register, volunteer, get bodypainted, etc., and, as you can see from some of our images, this looks to be a good time for all involved! The actual Ride goes from 9:00pm to around 12:00am and can stretch out for as long as 20 miles. The specific route is never advertised early and it's not even guaranteed once the Ride begins, mainly as a secuirty precaution to rid themselves of any undesirables who might want to crash the party unannounced. For official information on a given Ride, please refer to their website (link provided below).

EVENT ATTITUDE TO NUDITY:

Although technically illegal, this particular event has been accepted by the local authorities as long as it is contained to the actual event. Bystanders typically applaud the passing riders and these groups are growing each year.

EVENT ATTITUDE TO CAMERAS:

As a public event, anyone is welcome to spectate with cameras in tow. The participants don't seem to mind being photographed / videotaped, however if any of the riders expresses a disinterest in being filmed, please be respectful.

The riders themselves are an exclusive group in the sense that they consider only other riders to be actual participants. If you aren't interested in riding along with them and only show up with a camera, you WILL be asked to leave (and rightly so). If you aren't planning on riding, it's probably best to stake out a spot along the route and wait for everyone to come through later on.

EVENT HOME PAGE: wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/in...


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Galleries

WNBR - Chicago 2012  
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
glasses
, 
dreadlocks
, 
cycling
, 
undressing
Posted February 2013 140 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
This set ends just as the 2013 Ride comes up. Great timing!
WNBR - Chicago 2007  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
cycling
Posted August 2007 270 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2007
Bodypainting before the ride through to the end of the night!
WNBR - Chicago 2006  Posted October 2006 150 images (LARGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2006
Tarzan was even on his roller-blades while shooting!
World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008  Posted June 2008 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008
World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2007  Posted June 2008 40 images (LARGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2007
Tarzan's sent the whole event, from start right through to finish
World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008  Posted July 2008 125 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008
We'll assume that no oil-based paints were used on anyone...
World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008  Posted August 2008 75 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - World Naked Bike Ride - Chicago 2008
These are from the earlier stages of the event...
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted September 2008 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
Tarzan's sent us an extensive photo-journal of this event.
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted October 2008 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
We're still working our way through the bodypainting portion...
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted December 2008 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
Think no one will recognise these two?
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted January 2009 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
The bodypainted riders now take to the streets!
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted April 2009 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
After the bodypainting, the ride began!
WNBR - Chicago 2008  Posted May 2009 200 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2008
It's a longgggg ride!
World Naked Bike Ride 2009  Posted June 2009 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - World Naked Bike Ride 2009
Let's begin with the bodypainting portion of the event...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted August 2009 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
More from the bodypainting portion before the ride...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted September 2009 200 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Some mingling and some bodypaint before the ride begins...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted October 2009 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Tarzan's evening was just getting started...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted December 2009 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Naked and bodypainted, the riders took to the streets!
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted February 2010 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Tarzan's got the night-shooting under control...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted March 2010 75 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
The Ride continues into the night...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted April 2010 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
We're slowly making our way through Tarzan's submission!
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted April 2010 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
The riders make their collective way through Chicago...
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted May 2010 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Lots of people lined the streets to catch the riders going by.
WNBR - Chicago 2009  Posted June 2010 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2009
Too bad that the rush-hour isn't more like this...
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted June 2010 100 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Like clockwork, Tarzan was all over this event!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted July 2010 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
The "Meet & Greet" and bodypainting continues!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted September 2010 150 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
The bodypainting portion could be its own event!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted November 2010 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
The bodypainting portion of the ride is almost complete.
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted December 2010 100 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
The bodypainting party continues!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted January 2011 75 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
And they're just about ready to start the ride at this point...
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted January 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Anbd the riders are off and into the Chicago streets!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted February 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
A large, friendly and very determined group this year.
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted February 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Down with oil dependence! And get rid of your clothes!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted March 2011 100 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Chicago really knows how to embrace the concept of nude cycling!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted April 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
This is quickly becoming one of the largest Rides around.
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted May 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Cycling definitely keeps you fit, that's for sure!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted May 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
Hard to believe the next Ride's just a few weeks away already.
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted June 2011 100 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
They meet. They undress. They ride.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted June 2011 150 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
Another great turnout and another great batch of pics!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted July 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
We're still working through last year's ride!
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted August 2011 100 images (HUGE) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
These ladies really took the ride seriously!
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted September 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
A good reason for ALL of us to drive a little less...
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted September 2011 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
The bike ride seems secondary to the bodypainting party.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted October 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
We'd recommend a winter Ride, but Chicago's winters are brutal.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted November 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
Angels ride bikes, too.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted November 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
Arrive. Undress. Apply bodypaint. Ride. Repeat next year.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted December 2011 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
Lots and lots and lots of cuties!
WNBR - Chicago 2010  Posted December 2011 90 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2010
We're still finishing his massive 2010 submission!
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted February 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
We're getting close to the end of Tarzan's 2011 contribution now.
WNBR - Chicago 2011  Posted February 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2011
And this concludes Tarzan's 2011 contribution.
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted June 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
Tarzan comes through like clockwork year after year!
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted July 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
Tarzan was a busy guy for the entire night!
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted September 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
It's a long ride and Tarzan's there from start to finish.
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted September 2012 100 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
The "Glitter-Girls" led the way!
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted November 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
We have enough of these to keep us happy until the 2013 Ride.
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted December 2012 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
Just 6 long months until the next one...
WNBR - Chicago 2012  Posted January 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2012
The Riders were a bit feisty.
WNBR - Chicago 2013  Posted September 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2013
A little late but as good as ever!
WNBR - Chicago 2013  Posted October 2013 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2013
More from Tarzan's great Ride around the city.
WNBR - Chicago 2013  Posted October 2013 50 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Tarzan  - WNBR - Chicago 2013
The end of the Ride. For this year.