World Naked Bike Ride

June 01, 2009 12:00 ET

Ottawa Cyclists Won't Be Missed as They Bare All at the 5th Annual World Naked Bike Ride

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - Ottawa area cyclists will be gathering on Saturday, June 13th to protest oil dependency and promote human-powered vehicles by participating in the 5th annual World Naked Bike Ride. Many cyclists will be naked to protest the indecent exposure to carbon gas emissions created by cars that people and the planet face everyday. The ride will begin at 3pm from Confederation Park, with body painting and other preparations starting at 2pm. The World Naked Bike Ride is an international event with tens of thousands of people in 70 cities world-wide.

"Last years ride attracted over 75 participants in Ottawa, and we're hopeful that we'll have even more this year," says Peter Blouin, an organizer of this year's event. "As the name of the event states, a portion of riders will be nude to focus on how vulnerable cyclists are on the road, but also to celebrate the power of our bodies. However, our motto is 'As Bare As You Dare!', so riders are free to wear as much or as little as they are comfortable with. Come wearing your cycling suit, a costume, body paint or nothing at all." Leela Ramachandran, a cyclist who will be attending her second ride this year, says "I didn't ride naked but had a great time, and it's an effective way to get drivers to pay attention to cyclists for a change!" All human-powered vehicles, such as bicycles, roller blades and skateboards are welcome at this free event.

The World Naked Bike Ride was created by Vancouver-based activist Conrad Schmidt in 2004. Schmidt calls the World Naked Bike Ride "the most exhilarating cycling experience since taking off your training wheels". The largest naked bike ride in the world is in London, England, with over 1000 cyclists. Ottawa's first ride was in 2005, and cyclists from Ottawa have participated every year since. For additional information on World Naked Bike Ride, contact Peter Blouin or visit www.worldnakedbikeride.org.

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