It was a new day and a new route for the Philly Naked Bike Ride, an annual tradition 11 years strong in which nude and barely clothed cyclists take to the streets of the City of Brotherly Love to promote body positivity. The ride, in addition to promoting healthy body perceptions, also encourages awareness of fuel consumption and advocates for cyclist rights. As an avid cyclist in Philadelphia, the ride serves as a time for him to share his love of biking in the city with others. The naked bike ride, for Hanna, is really a celebration of Philadelphia cycling. But even that is something worth celebrating, he believes. For more information on the Philly Naked Bike Ride visit philadelphianakedbikeride. Julia Hatmaker may be reached at jhatmaker pennlive.
World Naked Bike Ride photos
World Naked Bike Ride photos and more
As always, the starting location for the ride will be announced later this spring, with the actual route kept under wraps to dissuade the public from lining the streets in advance, posing a possible public safety hazard for attendees. The World Naked Bike Ride is officially a protest — against our dependency on oil, for cyclist safety and in support of body positivity. Attendees are also encouraged to adopt their own causes, often using their bare backs as protest signs. The event's motto is "bare as you dare," encouraging riders to dress down to their comfort.