2010 World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis Set for June 19

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You don't have to worry about what to wear to the World Naked Bike Ride through St. Louis this summer, which has been moved up from its usual August date to June 19.

Co-coordinator Stephanie Co, 22, says the bike ride -- part of a worldwide series of rides to protest our collective oil dependency -- has been moved up because she will be in St. Louis during June. During the first two years of the ride, the recent Washington University graduate and her co-coordinator Mariah Pittman, were out of town during the early summer months, so the ride was set for August.

It's also been moved up to be closer to the Northern Hemisphere date for the ride, which is June 12.

click to enlarge Co (on right) and Pittman, at the start of last year's ride. See more St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride photos. - Photo: Egan O'Keefe
Photo: Egan O'Keefe
Co (on right) and Pittman, at the start of last year's ride. See more St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride photos.
Again this year, riders are will meet in South City around 7 p.m., although the 2010 version will have riders gather in the South Grand Business District parking lot (South Grand and Juniata) behind Commerce Bank, instead of in Tower Grove Park. Scheduling conflicts are the reason for the move, says Co.

Co, a Chicago-area native, graduated in May with bachelor's degrees in biology and international studies. She plans to stay in St. Louis after graduation. Pittman has moved to England for the summer, but Co says a group of about ten volunteers are helping put together this year's ride.

In 2008 and 2009, the first two years of the after-dark ride in St. Louis, about 300 participants peddled in various states of undress -- the motto is "bare as you dare" -- over the ten to fifteen-mile route in St. Louis.

So what do Co's parents think of her coordinating the ride that raises eyebrows, brings out more than a few creeps with cameras and causes a big party on Manchester when it's over?

"I haven't really mentioned it to them honestly. Not competely, anyway," she says. "They're just a little conservative, so, that's why." Fair enough.

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010. The group ride departs at 9 p.m.
Where: Meet for body painting and bicycle decorating at 7 p.m. at the parking lot behind Commerce Bank.
Cost: Free
More information: [email protected] or worldnakedbikeride.org

Check out our slideshows from the first two St. Louis naked bike rides right here. While not remotely close to porn, some of these photos do have some nudity, so use your best judgment, cubicle-dwellers:
St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride 2009
St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride 2008

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