Clothing-optional bike ride

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WNBR riders in London

A clothing-optional bike ride is a cycling event in which nudity is permitted or expected. There are many clothing-optional cycling events around the world. Some rides are political, recreational, artistic or a unique combination. Some are used to promote topfreedom, a social movement to accord women and girls the right to be topless in public where men and boys have that right.

Body art (such as body painting) are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art bikes, portable sound reinforcement systems (such as public address systems/bullhorns, and boomboxes), musical instruments as well as other types of noisemakers.

Many of the political rides have their roots from Critical Mass and are often described or categorized as a form of political protest, street theatre, party-on-wheels, streaking, public nudity and clothing-optional recreation and thus attracts a wide range of participants.


Topfree participants in the Washington, D.C. Dyke March in 2005

Full and partial (especially topfree) nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory, on all rides. Some people ride in their underwear.

Political and often artistic rides[edit]

Recreational rides, not overtly political[edit]

Mostly artistic, non-political rides[edit]

Topfree events[edit]

Topfreedom is allowed but full nudity is not allowed, or is discouraged:

  • Sydney Body Art Ride in Sydney, Australia. (Since 2005)
  • Washington, D.C. Dyke March

Related bike ride events[edit]

  • Critical Ass is a variant of the Critical Mass bike ride, where participating bicyclists ride in their underwear or in the nude. In June 2004, 22 world cities participated in World Naked Bike Ride, an international Critical Ass-style event. Regular Critical Ass rides have taken place in New York City, Chicago, Seattle and other locales throughout North America.[1][failed verification]


Known activists include Daniel Lorenz Johnson, Jennifer Moss, Simon Oosterman, Conrad Schmidt (WNBR founder) and Terri Sue Webb.


  • Solstice: A Celebration of the Art of Bodypainting produced by James W. Taylor/Circle Rock, 2004. Includes clips of the 2003 Solstice Cyclists
  • Radtour-Classics 2001: Nackt-Radtour in und um Karlsruhe am 14. 6. 2001 A film by Karl-Heinz Kreutler.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eye Weekly Jun 2, 2005 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): "Nudist Profiling," accessed on Feb 23 2006. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2007-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)