Activists Strip Naked And Ride Bicycles To Protest Fossil Fuels


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Environmental activists showed their apprehension for fossil fuel production by taking off all their clothes and going on a 10-mile bike ride.

Dubbed the “Philly Naked Bike Ride,” hundreds of climate change activists and other nude enthusiasts stripped down to their birthday suits and rode around the city of Philadelphia on Saturday. The 10th annual bike ride took participants across a number of sites across the City of Brotherly Love, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the U.S. Mint and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“I’m going all the way,” said rider Ryan Skopinski, one of the riders, as he took his pants off. “Nude!”

Getting completely naked was not a requirement. Some riders stripped down to only their underwear, and others covered their bodies with paint. Numerous people painted anti-fossil fuel messages on their backs, as well as other feel-good slogans. The event was also not confined to just adults, as some parents brought along their adolescent children. (RELATED: Enviros Hope To Stop A Major Oil Pipeline By … Walking)

Two parents — Jared Gruenwald and Natasha Mell-Taylor — participated in the bike ride with their 3-year-old daughter, who rode in a child’s seat on her father’s bicycle, according to The Associated Press.

While the annual event serves as a protest of the U.S.’ dependence on fossil fuel energy, it’s also meant to promote “body positivity” and the sport of cycling.

A congregation of naked people does require strict regulations in order to avoid awkward situations. The Philly Naked Bike Ride’s website contains a comprehensive code of conduct page that forbids cat calling, staring, asking about someone’s sexual fantasies and other rules.

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