Monday, June 07, 2021

World Naked Bike Ride Toronto 2021 this Saturday June 12

Suns out, bums out. The annual bicycle protest against climate change is back in the big city of Toronto on Saturday, June 12 for the traditional second Saturday in June ride. See photos from the 2021 ride on my post here.

Bicyclists will gather in Coronation Park at the memorial near the edge of Lake Ontario, south of Exhibition Place, starting around 10amo. Riders will join co-organizer Gene Dare, apply some body paint and sunscreen, enjoy some social distance reunions in preparation for the 1pm start of WNBR. The weather forecast for the event is a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 25 degrees Celsius, which sounds just about perfect. The ride is as bare as you dare but masks would be a nice accessory.

The route of WNBR will take in some of Toronto's most famous landmarks, stopping for photo opportunities at Queen's Park and Toronto City Hall, before ending at the Toronto Ferry Docks or returning back to Coronation Park. Overall the time is about three hours. A wedding party at Queen's Park reacts to the riders passing by in the photo at top.

The riders make it to Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall. Many of the riders will cool off in the cement pond and pose for group photos before heading down Bay Street towards the lake.

People come from all over but the participants from the United States of America will probably be unable to attend this year due to covid travel and border restrictions. Still the screams of "less gas, more ass" will be heard throughout the city as the ride meanders through the city streets and parks.

There is limited parking within Coronation Park but plenty available in the area - including within and around Exhibition Place. ActiveTO will probably be ongoing over the whole weekend which shuts down the east bound Lake Shore in several areas - so be aware of traffic slowdowns and closed roads and show up a bit earlier - on your bike! See you there.

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