Join the 9th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride on September 9, 2017!
Guest blog by: Michael & Laurie Brown
It’s that time of year for the 9th annual 2017 Philly Naked Bike Ride. The event date is September 9th, 2017 and we ride at 5pm.
This year will mark me and my wife Laurie’s 5th year riding in the PNBR event. This year’s ride, which is part of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on all types of human-powered transportation. The vast majority of participants are on bicycles, but some people will ride on skateboards and inline skates, and everyone’s goal is to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”
The PNBR is a unique event which advocates body acceptance, cycling safety, economic sustainability and ending fossil fuel consumption. Or you can peacefully protest anything that is important to you.
The dress code for this event is “bare as you dare.” Full or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory.
There are many ways to be involved in the event if you haven’t worked up the nerve to take off your clothes. You can be involved by donating through the PNBR GoFundMe page or you can volunteer at the actual event itself. You can also volunteer at the body painting area. For more information about volunteering or donating go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to participate, creative expression is encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere at the pre-ride event, during the ride and at the post-ride parties. The event’s goal is to capture the attention and imagination of the public and media. It will make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders, volunteers and spectators.
During the pre-ride, you will find a fun-loving atmosphere. This is usually staged in a park setting and will have activity tents, event staff and volunteers to help guide you if you have questions. You will see jugglers and musicians along with people getting body painted. The vibe of the event is overwhelmingly positive. Body art, such as body painting, are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, bike art, bullhorns and musical instruments or other types of noisemakers.
The bike ride begins about 4:30pm with the first announcements to start lining up for the start of the 10 mile ride. The announcements are met with cheers, air-horns and hollers from the 2500 to 4000 riders that give you goose bumps knowing that it’s all about to begin! Event volunteer and staff will stop traffic as spectators sit in their cars. Some look shocked but most start enthusiastically cheering, honking their horns and of course with their iPhones in hand, filming all the nude people passing them by.
The ride itself is a slow-paced ride. Not necessarily for the weak at heart, but not impossible to complete with a moderate amount of pre-ride conditioning. The route will take us through the most historic parts, as well as, the most heavily populated areas of the city, Kelly Drive, The Philadelphia Art Museum, City Hall, Independence Hall, Old Town Philadelphia, Drexel University, North and South Broad Streets and everyone’s favorite, Rittenhouse Square.
Spectators line the streets of Philadelphia sometimes 3 and 4 rows deep to cheer and catch the parade of thousands of nude riders. The ride usually ends in a park like Washington Square where participants will get dressed, mingle for a bit and then peddle to one of the post-ride parties hosted at various locations throughout the city.
If you participate in the actual event you will quickly see how accepting the PNBR participants are by witnessing the overwhelming outpouring of friendship, love and acceptance demonstrated by all.
In our opinion, the PNBR is something of a “bucket list” event that truly must be experienced.
Hope to see you there!
Photos courtesy of http://bodypaint.me.