Look out! Philly Naked Bike Ride 2022
This weekend Philadelphia was host to the Philly Naked Bike Ride 2022. Thousands of cyclists stripped down and hit the road on a circuit that took them from Fairmount Park to Fishtown.
Honestly, I would like to apologize for everyone on here at The Liberty Line. This year’s event definitely snuck up on us. We didn’t even include it in our weekly column about how you should spend your weekend.
Philly Naked Bike Ride: A Summer tradition
The Philly Naked Bike Ride has been chugging along since it was first launched in 2009. Since then it has been held every year (except 2020 because of COVID), and the number of participants has swelled.
Note that I meant that the participants swelled in numbers and not in the double entendre way. You see the Philly Naked Bike Ride is adamant about the non sexual nature of their event. It’s all about promoting a nudist lifestyle and destigmatizing being naked in public.
Personally, I think the entire thing is stupid and I don’t understand the goal of trying to promote naked people in public. Men or women or whatever people call themselves today, we have to ensure that when we do these events, there’s a realistic goal in mind. What do these people expect to happen? Do they think their stupid naked bike ride is going to change how people dress (or don’t dress) in public?
If you want to get naked, by all means, go ahead. That doesn’t however, mean that everyone else in the city of Philadelphia should have to accept it or acknowledge it.
Regardless, good for them I guess?
I’m sure most of the participants that embrace the full nudity aspect are probably people no one wants to see naked anyway. No offense to any nudists out there, but you all know what I mean. Gravity has usually already won the battle by the time a person decides they’ve lived long enough to stop wearing clothes.
It’s hard to imagine wanting to go on a 12 mile bike ride on a 90 degree day. Now imagine having to peel yourself off of your seat if you aren’t wearing any pants. Is there any kind of trick they teach you to avoid that particular hell?
What about the smell? That’s got to be rough by mile two on a day like today. Can you imagine being at an outdoor restaurant when a pack of geriatric nudists and unshaven hippies glide by and crop dust you with their collective stank?
That actually happened by the way.
Also disturbing: Unverified reports that some naked riders were using rideshare bikes on the route.
Something tells me we might see a huge spike in Monkeypox cases over the next week. Just a hunch.
Mandatory Credit: WHYY.org
The author certainly didn’t bother to do any research, it’s just his or her opinion with no real facts that support this opinion up as valid. 1) It’s promoting bikes instead of cars, human effort vs. environment altering gas-burners. 2) It’s promoting the creation and maintenance of more safe and healthy bike trails. 3) It’s about promoting a body-positive mentality, instead of body-shaming as the author did in this article. Shame on you!
When riding in the summer, the breeze keeps you cool. That’s why thousands of riders you saw too much of were not sweating heavily and were able to ride over 12 miles in the heat. No clothes is certainly cooler I can assure you. I am positive this author hasn’t tried it. Even if people perspire, they don’t immediately go to stink. That’s the result of bacterial growth many hours later if they were to not shower. That’s just more of the author’s ignorance. All I read is the author’s distorted image of reality, an opinion best not expressed.
Nobody is asking you to go around naked. All these riders are asking is to support bike trails instead of more gasoline powered vehicles which we know is killing the planet, the people and animals, and a respect for other’s bodies. You don’t need to ride nude, but a healthy mind wouldn’t need to be ashamed of their body, which it seems the author is. That’s a fault of society, not the author’s.
Truth is – ask anyone there – people loved it. There was cheering, hooting and hollering, laughter, and smiles all around. That very photo published above: I don’t see bothered people, I see entertained people. They are all watching. I saw every mile of the ride, and nothing but smiles and laughter and cheering like I was winning the Tour de France. So go ahead and piss all over this positive event. You are only showing your ignorance, intolerance to learn the truth, and lack of understanding outside your narrow mind.
Oh yea, and that “trick” is a towel.