The date has been set for the fifth annual World Naked Bike Ride-St. Louis: You can go as bare as you dare on a bike with 500 or so new friends on Saturday, July 28.
The annual ride promotes body acceptance and an increased awareness of alternative means of transportation. It's also a fun ride through the city that always ends with a party. The 2012 edition (see slideshows from the four previous years here) will depart from the South Grand Parking Lot (3500 Hartford Street, just off Grand Avenue) at 8 p.m. Prior to that will be the annual body-painting party, with live music, an expo for local socially- and progressively-minded businesses and organizations, an open mic and an awards ceremony for best decorated bike.
Last year's ride was the largest-ever for St. Louis, and as hot as it's been, this year may top it. Not that you have to ride naked; these folks are a fun-lovin', earth-lovin', casual bunch. If you want to wear a swimsuit, or shorts or underwear, that's fine. You're free to ride in whatever feels comfortable. Who knows? Maybe once you get going, you'll feel compelled to get a little more bare.
A nice video documentary of the 2011 ride is posted below if you're curious. Don't worry about the police car with its lights on in the background; nobody's been arrested for stripping down.