Neil Hicks 
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Re: “How to ride, and watch, this weekend’s Naked Bike Ride

It's very sad to read some of the negative comments regarding this year’s World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) in Halifax. The WNBR is an annual event that takes place in most major cities all over the world.

The ride is primarily to raise awareness about crude-oil dependency and its subsequent environmental damage, a subject we would all do well to pay more attention to! The WNBR has traditionally always been a clothing-optional event, as its organizers feel it is important for the human body to be portrayed in its most vulnerable state with no protection, which, in turn, highlights the safety aspects all cyclists face using today’s busy roads.

The human body, whether male or female, can be a thing of great beauty and not “disgusting” as some describe it. Nude is not necessarily lewd. The body is, after all, who (or what) we all are and not something that will somehow damage children who may be viewing it in this setting.

Maybe the problem here is with just a few very small-minded people who can’t help associating the naked body with sex. They therefore completely miss the artistic statement being made.

The WNBR is a colourful event which brings happiness and smiles to the great majority of the public at large. The ride has an equal gender balance, despite an earlier claim of being 80 per cent male. We should all be thankful to be a part of such a great city that embraces the WNBR. Maybe those who have found it necessary to write so negatively should carefully re-examine their outdated views and start living in the 21st century.

If, after all, this ride is so “immoral” and “depraved,” why is it probably the most photographed event of the year in Halifax?

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Posted by Neil Hicks on 07/05/2015 at 10:02 PM

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