- Not even the rain could stop the Montreal Naked Bike Ride. Some people were even spotted using BIXI bikes.
- The annual event is a protest of our reliance on fossil fuels.
Each year, Montreal is home to a quite unforgettable protest: the World Naked Bike Ride. As the name suggests, the World Naked Bike Ride is a bike ride where people bare what they dare.
The purpose of this bike ride? To address our dependence on fossil fuels, promote biking as an eco-friendly mode of transport and encourage body positivity. Their cheeky slogan, "more ass, less gas," sums this up nicely.
The first Naked Bike Ride in Montreal took place in 2009, though the first Naked Bike Ride ever was in 2004. Since then, the event, though still niche, has been growing in popularity.
Montreal's chapter of the World Naked Bike Ride held its event on Saturday, August 10. This year, in what is probably the most "Montreal" turn of events ever, we found out that some people took BIXIs for the naked bike ride.
The event began at Square Dorchester and made its way through the city, with the parade biking through rue Ste-Catherine street. The protest was escorted by police, who were also on bikes. The police, however, kept their clothes on.
Two bike rides took place on that day: one during the day, and one at night. The video above was taken by a bystander during the day protest.
The videographer, @loic_renaud10, stated that a group of cyclists, mostly male, made their way through downtown. He said that passersby were both "surprised and digusted."
Though cyclists are encouraged to go as naked as they dare, full-on nudity is not a requirement to participate in the event.
Cyclists used rollerblades, bikes and even BIXIs. Let's hope that they used seat covers.
Montreal seems to take a pretty relaxed approach towards the protest and its nude participants.
For the most part, the event seems to be met with amusement and a healthy dose of scandal. The unconventional protest draws a huge amount of media attention each year.
If you want to find out when next year's protest will take place, you can check out the World Naked Bike Ride group.