Saturday, June 20, 2020

World Naked Bike Ride Toronto 2020

Hopefully everyone prepared for #WNBR, the annual global protest against oil dependency, and brought along plenty of fluids because the day is a hot one! After a short postponement due to covid-19 precautions the ride was moved to Saturday, June 20, 2020. 

Co-organizer Gene Dare is here (photo at top) in Coronation Park, just south of Exhibition Place, in the veteran's memorial near the giant flag pole. Protesters have started to gather here before noon as curious park visitors mingle with the riders. The bicycle protest will leave Coronation Park around 1:00pm and if you see the riders duff your clothes, grab your two-wheeled transportation (or roller blades, scooter or whatever) and hit the road with them.
WNBR Toronto will drop by several of the city's top tourist attractions and neighbourhoods - like UofT, Queen's Park (photo op), Kensington Market, Yorkville, the Gay Village, Yonge-Dundas Square, City Hall (photo op and chance to cool off in the reflecting pond) and the park at the Ferry Docks. As the Toronto Islands are closed for visitors the decision was made to add Sugar Beach and HTO Beach tot he route.
Update: Toronto Police have showed up at 11am and are discussing the planned route for the ride. The plan is still a go!

The Novel Coranavirus impacted the amount of people that have joined the 2020 World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto. Instead of several hundred people, only approximately 50 people joined in, picking up some of the riders along the way. Participants from the States couldn't make it in and large groups from north of Toronto decided to be cautious and pass up on this year's ride.
The ride starts to head out of Coronation Park

Stopping at Allan Gardens
Yonge-Dundas included a double loop around the urban park and passing by the Toronto Eaton Centre
Riding down Yonge Street
The ride visited Toronto City Hall and found out that the reflecting pond was empty so the stop was shorter than usual

Riding around HTO Park before finishing off back at Coronation Park

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