Monday, July 7, 2008

Upcoming WNBR Seattle Events

This announcement contains info about upcoming WNBR Seattle events that you will not want to miss. Please forward widely.

Unabashed international cycling solidarity

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is the largest ensemble of affiliated naked cycling events in the world.Now in its fifth year, WNBR events have sprouted up all over the world with some 2008 rides having as many riders as 1000 (London), 1700 (Chicago), 2000 (Portland night ride). Most rides are much smaller.

The principal message of WNBR is to promote cycling. A more detailed explanation as well as other information can be found on the global WNBR wiki site:

Be sure to also check out the WNBR Wikipedia article at

and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at

WNBR Seattle 2008 at-a-glance

First, please get all of your friends, coworkers and family members to sign up using our join form at

Locations, dates and times

*NOTE* There will be TWO WNBR Seattle rides to help celebrate our Fifth WNBR Seattle year!

  • Sat, July 12, 2008 (Ride 7) Start location at Gas Works Park (10 AM Body painting, 1 PM ride starts) First leg of ride goes to Downtown and to Seattle Center International Fountain

Parks & Rec page:
Google Map:

Sun, Aug 17, 2008 (Ride 8) Start location at Denny Blaine Park (10 AM Body painting, 1 PM ride starts) First leg of ride goes to Group Health Bicycle Saturdays & Sundays event on Lake Washington Blvd. and going around Seward Park

Yellow Hat Band
will be at our Magnuson Park Afterparty / last stop in the afternoon
Parks & Rec page:
Google Map:

Schedule (for both rides above):

7:30 - 8 AM Volunteers (clothed) are welcome to help us setup (call/e-mail Daniel to volunteer)
Before each ride, there will be bodypainting, bike art, costuming party known as Cyclomundo.
Get your mutant cycling vehicle decorated and paint your comrades!

10:00 AM body painting begins (please use special care where you go nude to avoid attracting police attention early on). No gawkers!
1:00 PM (approximately) ride starts. Make sure you bring water and a minimum to wear.
1:15 PM non-riding volunteers invited to help break down the body painting area.

Afternoon/night Our Afterparty! Celebrate the ride, unwind, learn about other community events and enjoy fellowship with other riders!

Details on the schedule and route can be found at:

What to wear?

The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is "bare as you dare". How bare is that? How much do you dare? It's all up to you: you decide what you are comfortable with. The ride is clothing-optional. No one is excluded or discriminated against based on levels of clothing, body paint, or anything else for that matter!

While nudity isn't required to participate in this ride we encourage you to challenge yourself. Wear as little as you can while still feeling comfortable about it. Last year, people came wearing shorts, bras, swimwear, body paint, masks etc. There will be plenty of people who will cycle fully nude, so don't feel that it is your duty to do this if you aren't comfortable showing all of your body. Respect your own boundaries, and go As Bare As You Dare!

If you plan to go into the fountain or go for a dip at the beach, dress accordingly.

Also, it is highly recommended that you bring a minimum of clothing with you, in case you need something with which to coverup.

If you are not sure yet if you are ready to take the plunge, please just show up and bring your bike and friends. Anybody who is respectful of our values is invited to ride!

WNBR Seattle websites and discussion groups

Bookmark our WNBR Seattle wiki page to track the latest news and find comprehensive information about WNBR Seattle

our main promotional website is at:

Stay up-to-date! Join our announcement-

only e-mail list or general
internet discussion group:

Announcements only (very few messages)

General discussion group

Please help us!

(1) Critical Mass! Get all of your friends, coworkers and family members to sign up using our join form at

(2) We need donations to help make the magic happen! Please help us with a $5 - $50+ "love donation" to help pay for such things as parks use permits, promotional expenses, portable toilets and sound system rental equipment. You can easily donate online

After donating, please confirm your donation amount and contact info with an e-mail to the address you are receiving this from

(3) We still need:

*More bodypainters
*Bike people, bike artists, tall bike riders, riding musicians and/or riders with sound systems and music
*A certified yoga instructor (our previous instructor is no longer available)
*More cheap standing mirrors for our painting party
*Volunteers to help setup and breakdown our body painting area on event days.

(4) Please also contact me if you can spend some time putting up flyers and/or have some great locations to drop some off. Here is a web version:

Get ready to ride!

Check the "to bring" list at

*For those that don't cycle much, get back on your bike and get used to cycling a few hills. Seattle is full of them.
*Get your bike tuned up. Remember you will want to have your bike tire pressure up before the ride.
*Make sure you have a helmet, sunscreen, bike lights (in case of night riding), towel, water bottles, minimum clothing, mobile phone, anything you need before the event.
*Get others to participate with you! Convince all of your friends, coworkers and family members to sign up using our join form at

Local goals

"Reclaim our streets, our bodies, our parks, our city, our self- reliance!"

  • Beyond the global goal of promoting cycling, the WNBR Seattle event focuses on the following:
  • Community building. Have fun and express our creativity while engaging and enjoying various communities in Seattle. Celebrate both the diversity and the oneness of the human experience.
  • Protest oil dependency and advocate renewable energy sources; the joy of cycling; sustainable, car-free transportation solutions; and walkable communities. Bicycles are BEST - Better Ecologically Sustainable Transport.
  • Bring attention to the local safety concerns of cyclists. Help people begin to see cyclists and share the road. Sharing the road does not mean cars get the lane and bikes get the gutter or car door lane!
  • Rejoice in the power and individuality of our bodies. Promote body-positive ideals and activities. Advocate the development of free beaches in Seattle and encourage more family-friendly, clothing-optional use of community spaces.
  • Show solidarity with other naked cycling events around the world. Many WNBR events will be riding on the same date.
  • Generate interest in similar progressive and artistic regional events such as those organized by Car Free Seattle, Seattle Hempfest, Fremont Arts Council, Solstice Cyclists (, Body Pride Ride, Seattle Critical Mass, Burning Man and Regional Burning Man events.

See you soon!

Daniel Johnson
WNBR Seattle 2008 team

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