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Saturday, August 02, 2008

World Naked Bike Ride reveals more details

In case you're thinking about riding tonight in the St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride, organizers have unveiled more details about at the ride's blog.

The biggest change is that the ride won't start at Tower Grove Park's pool pavilion. Instead, the ride will begin at 9 p.m. at the park's Stupp Center and Memorial Garden near Grand and Arsenal streets. The body painting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will start at the Stupp Center and Memorial Garden as well.

Also, people who are using cars to bring their bikes to the ride are being asked not to park in Tower Grove Park because the park closes at 10 p.m. Instead, they should park on nearby streets.

(I'm sure you can argue that taking a car to the World Naked Bike Ride runs counter to the goal of protesting dependency on oil, but I guess that's a concession that some people are willing to make to avoid overexposure to errant motorists, among other things.)

And, of course, organizers officially are telling people to cover up their private parts -- defined by the city of St. Louis as being the genitals, buttocks, vulva, pubic hair or the female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola -- but to go for maximum exposure. People who decide to ride au natural will be told there could be consequences.

In another concession to some body coverage, organizers also recommend you wear a helmet. Lights also are recommended, and cyclists are being told to obey the rules of the road, including stopping at stop lights.

In case you need more exposure to the ride, KMOX-TV, Channel 4, aired a preview of the event Friday night. You can watch the segment there as well as an extended interview with organizers Stephanie Co and Mariah Pittman.

I won't be there because I have to work, but I'm sure St. Louis TV stations will give the ride "maximum exposure" because Saturday historically is a slow news day for TV stations.

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Roger 1 comments links to this post 11:20 AM

Roger - Surely you could have taken a vacation day! Signed, Ward
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