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World Naked Bike Ride returns to Madison

Hundreds of naked bikers rode through James Madison Park as part of the clothing-optional event that’s held in cities all over the world.
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 6:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The World Naked Bike Ride returned to Madison Saturday.

Hundreds of naked bikers rode through James Madison Park as part of the clothing-optional event that’s held in cities all over the world. The naked bicyclists were encouraged to wear only sunscreen.

“Yeah, no shame. Just do what you want when you want,” Naomi Herbsman said.

Onlookers planning for a quiet day at the beach were surprised by the view, but not appalled by it. A press release from the organization said it’s the 12th year of the event.

“I think it’s to show everyone to be themselves, and everyone has a body,” Maddie Mintz agreed.

The ride is also meant to highlight a more environmentally clean way to travel — by bicycle or other human-powered machine, rather than cars or other modes of transportation that transmit toxic fumes.

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