The government's Cash for Clunkers program may be a great step toward decreasing pollution, but it ain't doing much for the country's oil addiction. How 'bout a program that lets you trade in your old car for a new bike? Or better yet, how 'bout a program that lets you trade in your pants for a bike? That's right: The World Naked Bike Ride, St. Louis edition, is back for a second year. You don't actually have to trade in your clothes, and nobody will give you a bike — but as long as you're willing to ride a human-powered vehicle and you're comfortable in your own skin, you're welcome to join the cavalcade of nude and semi-nude people. Riders interested in protesting oil dependency and raising awareness of the cycling community should meet at 7 p.m. in Tower Grove Park (on the Arsenal Street and Grand Avenue side) for pre-ride body painting and other communal festivities. Riders depart at 9 p.m. (the full route is online at www.worldnakedbikeride.org), and the endpoint is once again the Atomic Cowboy. Participation in the ride is free — as if the nudity didn't tip you off.
Sat., Aug. 15, 2009