Friday, April 03, 2020

Toronto World Naked Bike Ride 2020 postponed

The bare ass WNBR originally scheduled for Saturday, June 13 has been put on hold. Toronto has cancelled all mass events in Toronto until the end of June and the World Naked Bike Ride is continuing to evaluate the rapidly changing precautions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully the situation will allow the ride sometime this year.
The City's 31-Mar-2020 press release: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to the recent provincial emergency order to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, the City of Toronto will cancel all City-led major mass participation events, festivals, conferences and cultural programs, and all City permits for major mass participation events organized by external groups at civic centres and squares, parks, public spaces (including road closures), City-operated museums and cultural centres through June 30."

Here is information from the WNBR's website; "JUST SHOW UP AND RIDE. The World Naked Bike Ride is global protest against the over usage of oil and urban pollution, promoting greater cycling safety on our roads, and encouraging body freedom for everyone. This site visually describes the naked protest and environmental awareness event. You are encouraged to join this legal ride. There is no cost, no registration, no cost to the taxpayer, no corporate sponsors and best of all it originated in Vancouver, Canada, and now occurs in over 80 cities world wide. You can wear your clothes if you want."

This year's ride was to start gathering at noon with body painting at Coronation Park. After socializing and photographs, including group photos, the ride would leave the park around 1pm. The ride would head through downtown Toronto streets, stopping at several major tourist spots including Queens Park and Toronto City Hall, generating lots of smiles and stares from people who catch the mobile protest.
Gene Dare, naked ride organizer with the hat in the photo above, says "keep your ass safe."

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