Have you ever endeavored upon a naked bike ride?
In Philadelphia each year, thousands of people take a crack at it.
And this time around, the proud pedalfest’s of particular import.
Last year, the whole thing was canned due to corona.
From the official website at the time:
We hope that you’re healthy and well. 2020 has been an interesting year so far, and we were hoping that we’d be farther along in the reopening process to make it feasible to hold this year’s event. Unfortunately, due to rising COVID cases, Philly’s transition to green has been halted.
After much debate, we feel that canceling this year’s event is the most responsible thing to do.
Still, the group held to hope:
“We hope to see you next year, hopefully under better and healthier circumstances.”
“Keep up your (socially distant) riding,” they offered, “and be safe.”
And now, as they say, we come to the payoff.
Per a new entry on the site, the 2021 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride will indeed occur.
On August 28th, a bit of hope will be dangling for all to see.
The ad promises “an astonishing spectacle!”
And it’s all for a good cause:
[The event is] a free, no-registration-required ride, with thousands of naked (or bare as they dare) cyclists, riding together to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, mutual aid, and cycling advocacy!
So strip down to your bare necessities, hop on your Huffy, and have at it.
But organizers still want to do the “most responsible thing.”
Therefore, per this year’s rules, all participants will be required to wear a mask.
That’s right — while other orifices can air out, you’ll need to keep your nose and mouth muzzled.
This year’s (12th) ride’s being touted as “The Mask Edition.”
It’s certainly not the first time COVID edicts have curiously intersected with sweat and skin.
Last December’s case in point:
But in the instance of the bike ride, perhaps the perplexing policy is wise — some people showing
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