Naked Bike Rides take place the world over - here's why

The global phenomenon is an act of protest for some, a celebration of body positivity for others

World Naked Bike Ride participants
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The chants of "Less gas, more ass!, "Nude, not rude!" and "We are traffic" echoed through the Chicago streets on the evening of June 24, 2023, as the annual World Naked Bike Ride rolled through the city.

Bikers, rollerbladers and scooters filled the roads as spectators cheered and sneaked photos and videos. Those stuck in the resulting traffic jam honked, and were left puzzled as to why these riders were cruising around town in the nude. 

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Hector Cervantes

Hector Cervantes has spent many years in the communications field as a writer and editor and obtained his M.A. in journalism and B.A. in communication studies from DePaul University. Hector is currently an internal communications coordinator at Northwestern University where he writes stories about the students and faculty. In his free time Hector likes to run and bike along the Lakefront Trail of Chicago.