Saturday, June 20, 2009

Naked Bike Ride in Vienna

Is it possible to be naked and stylish on a bicycle? I was hoping to find the answer to this question at the Bare as You Dare ride in Vienna.

But just as people were beginning to frolic joyously in their velo-nakedness, police officers came round and asked everyone to cover up. The cyclists cooperated and there were no clashes. But neither was there much nudity.

The behaviour of the police confused me. In Vienna, public nudity is not at all uncommon: you can see women sunbathing topless in city parks and men lying on the grass with their naked behinds visible to all. So why this objection to some lovely naked cyclists? Perhaps someone Austrian can enlighten me.

Still, under the circumstances, the cyclists came through with flying colours. Red was a particlarly popular choice for accessories: it works well both with nudity and with political messages.

The edge of the monument in the background reads "Freedom to the European People," in Russian...

This lovely couple juxtaposed delicate pink underthings with industrial-yellow safety wear.

With her turquoise helmet, leopard print tie, and strappy sandals, this beauty clearly knows how to accessorise black underpants.

A gentleman and his roadbike.

A Veniaitan shade of red, looking lovely with grass-green body paint.

The most striking participant of the ride was a lovely lady in nude undergarnments who rode a stacked bicycle. She chose not to have a close-up photo displayed on the web, but trust me -- she was stunning!

Is it possible to be naked and stylish on a bicycle? I think it is. A bicycle is extremely flattering to the human figure: It tenses all the right muscles, lengthens the body, and encourages beautiful posture. It would be interesting to see a true Naked Bike Ride without police censorship.

3 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. Well, I'm not quite sure how the law is. I think if nudity disturbs somebody, it is not allowed in public (except nude beaches and such of course). That's something that the police obviously can't check at the bike ride, and maybe they fear complaints?! Usually, they just don't bother.

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  2. Talk about something that wouldn't have a chance stateside: Here, we have people get offended when statues are nude. :-) I can't really see the point of this other than to get attention, since being naked doesn't seem to add much to the cycling experience...or is there something I'm missing? I can't see the harm in it though. Either way, looks like a great place to take photos!

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  3. Trisha -- The nakedness is to symbolise the vulnerability of cyclists to motor vehicles, as well as "indecent exposure to vehicle emissions".

    In terms of practicality, my concern is mostly the bouncing factor: there must be some discomfort in that unless adhesive is applied.

    And believe it or not, these rides do take place in the US!
    Here is a list : )

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