Plan for cool, windy weather near the bay. Maybe bring a wind breaker just in case. Once we warm up riding our bikes, being naked is more invigorating then chilly. It's warmer and less windy inland. Check the local weather at the following sites:
If you live out of town, please try to use public transportion to get to the start of the ride. Parking in the area is limited and expensive. Both BART and CalTrain take bicycles. Check out these websites for details:
We may do the route a bit differently in 2012 -- more by hitting destinations rather than planning exact street routes. The SF Police let us ride fully nude anywhere we want except within city and federal parks. We generally tour the more picturesque and populous areas of San Francisco which usually, but not always includes: The Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, The Marina, The Palace of Fine Arts, Union Square and the Civic Center. A significant portion of our regular WNBR riders live in the Castro District so that has become a popular stop, as well.
Ride Pace and Difficulty
The ride is at a slow to moderate pace with frequent stops so we can show off our decorated naked bodies and bikes, chant protest slogans and allow the public to take photos. We try to stay on level ground but San Francisco is a hilly place, so some hills are to be expected. If the route takes us up the rare steep hill we walk so no one is left behind.
Being California, everyone does things differently. We want to offer the broadest possible welcome. First of all, obey all the Laws of Comfort! There's no nudity requirement. Whether you come clothed in a full-length Fun-Fur or just a top hat, come as bare as you dare. Most riders carry some minimal clothing to wear when arriving and departing the group.
Secondly, skaters are welcome. Some skaters have joined us repeatedly! Since skaters tend to expend about 2x as much energy, and tend to roll 50% slower than bikers, skaters may wish to follow an abbreviated but comparable route by linking the level grades in the beginning and ending segments of the ride. One very accomplished naked skater in the 2010 SF WNBR skated up and down the steepest part of Lombard Street, The Crookedest Street in the World, to everyone's amazement.
Public Nudity in San Francisco
Liberal San Francisco is accustomed to people going completely naked on public streets in broad daylight. Other city events where open nudity is common are Critical Mass rides, Bay-to-Breakers, Nude Olympics, the Folsom Street Fair and Gay Pride events. Basically, as long as you only go naked in public streets and stay out of any city or federal parks you are good. Going naked outside the main group does increase your chances of being cited for something whether justified or not. There's more safety in numbers.
Inform yourself of the local nudity laws before you bare all in case you have to explain yourself. This File:SF WNBR.Nudity laws.pdf (~100 Kbs) contains the actual codes and regulations (with references) regarding nudity so you can educate anyone who may question your right to go naked in public. Always treat the authorities with courtesy and respect and dress when ordered to do so. (If you need help interpreting the codes, please seek the advice of a lawyer.)
There is a new city regulation that requires nudists to place something between their bare bottoms and whatever they are sitting on when using public seating. However, we think it should be okay to sit bare-bottomed on the grass or on the concrete walls lining the grass areas. Another new regulation forbids nudity in public eating establishments. That may mean no more ice creams at Ben and Jerry's in the buff like we did on the June 2011 WNBR.
Please also visit
This page contains links to press releases, media coverage and ride reports covering previous SF WNBR events. (Some of the coverage contains images of public nudity.)
This page contains links to flyers and other promotional materials for past and future SF WNBR events. (Most flyers contain images of public nudity.) Help us get the word out. Print these flyers and distribute at other protest events, sport/bike shops and college campuses. Or, create your own flyers by combining your own ideas with the materials provided.
This page contains links to photo collections covering previous rides. (Obviously, these photos contain images of public nudity.)
This page contains questions and answers to many of the more common concerns regarding the SF WNBR. Thanks to Leo for this.
This page discusses safety issues when riding around San Francisco. Thanks to Leo for this.