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The Next Ride Details

  • Our second WNBR ride of the year will be March 9, 2019 Saturday, 11:00 AM -

Please note San Francisco chapter of the WNBR has a total of 5 rides per year. Some of our rides are in conjunction with other cities riding in the northern and southern hemispheres. Other rides are unique to San Francisco, as we have created a WNBR for Earth Day in April and our New Years Day Polar Plunge Ride.

The Ride Details

  • Our second WNBR ride of the year is Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00AM -

.It's that time to tune up those bikes and toss those riding duds in the wash, you won't need them for the 10th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - San Francisco 2019 - So. Hemi Edition. It's the second of five WNBRs for the 2019 bike naking season and typically one of the two largest WNBRs of the year..

.Each year, our turnout is getting larger and larger, riding bare through the streets of the city. So Saturday, March 9, 2019 bring your bikes to Ferry Building near Market Street & the Embarcadero Blvd..

.We meet northwest of the Ferry Building, between the Farmer's Market and the Starbucks west of the Ferry Building. We begin gathering at 11:00 AM in the open area along the pier. Please gather as close to the railing and avoid blocking pedestrian traffic on the Embarcadero and also those exiting the Ferry Building. We will have time to do body/face paint and reacquaint ourselves. Bring body paints, watercolors and markers to apply slogans and designs to each other and adorn your bikes with signs. Meet with old and new friends..

.While it is a "naked" bike ride, all are welcome. It's ride as bare as you dare. That is, body paint, rubber latex, bikinis, topless, lingerie, bubble pack, whatever costume you are comfortable riding with. And we have already had over a dozen WNBRs while under cloud of the city anti-nudity ordinance, with NO citations or complaints. However, than its best to have a sarong, a beach wrap or shorts ready for quick coverup.

.Our ride is part of a global protest taking place today in many cities throughout the US, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and other cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Tens of thousands of naked bike riders are protesting the global dependency of our society and economies at the hands of the oil cartels. We want to emphasize the harm this dependency causes to our environment, businesses and social lives. Nobody is unaffected. We want to endorse more bike riding and our nudity expresses our vulnerability to these matters. It also draws attention to our cause..

.This WNBR will focus on our continued world wide protest of the domination and dependency of big oil, our need for continued renewable energy and technological advances to better our planet. And now more than ever, to protest the pro-oil, pro-coal Trump Administration whose very goals are to benefit big oil, clean coal(?) and put the environment at greater risk than ever..

.Our route will take us through many popular spots in the city such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina, Lombard, North Beach, along Embarcadero, the Civic Center, the Haight, and the Castro. You say you can't make it to the start on time? Don't worry, it's a "Do It Yourself" ride. Join us anytime you find us along the route and feel free to leave when you must. It's great fun and an event you shouldn't miss. Tell all your bike, tech savvy and environmentally concerned friends to join us. It's ride as bare as you dare for the 10th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - San Francisco 2019 - So. Hemi Edition.

  • Join our group!!! Keep up to date on this event, future rides and info at our:

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WNBR on Embarcadero
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Possible WNBR After-Party

  • Time: After the Ride | Location: Castro District


  • We would like to have a possible After Ride Party. Plan to stay in the Castro District area for food and drinks.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

  • Our second ride of the year The date for the 10th Annual World Naked Bike Ride - SF 2019 - So. Hemi edition.


  • Time: 11:00 AM | Location: between the Ferry Building ans Starbucks on Embarcadero Blvd..



Bookmark this page: WNBR San Francisco wiki ride details

The Facebook Event Page has discussions and posts as well as additional ride details


The WNBR Basics

WNBR San Francisco Style


Schedule

  • 11:00 AM: Gather. The earlier time allows us to take advantage of the midday warmth. Turn sheets & maps distributed and going over route details. Bike checkout & attaching signs / body painting & slogans. Undress. Apply sunscreen. Group photo, then we go.
  • just after Noon: Ride starts (approx) usually between 12:15pm to 12:30pm. Depending on the mood of the group and the amount of media coverage we are getting the ride start always varies a bit after noon.
  • about 4 hours after it starts (approx): Main ride finishes. Riders are free to leave the mass at anytime, as it is a DIY (do it yourself) ride, but why miss out on the fun?

Route

The route is to be determined a few days before the ride. It typically goes through the more popular areas of the city like Fishermen's Wharf, The Civic Center,The Marina and the Embarcadero.

Ride Pace and Difficulty

The ride is at a slow to moderate pace with frequent stops with the intention of maximum visibility to the motoring public, 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.

Weather

March weather in San Francisco can range from unseasonably warm to wet and rainy. The March ride is sometimes the warmest ride of the year, in the upper 70's. It typically is in the low to mid 60's.

Getting there

If you live out of town, please try to use public transportation to get to the start of the ride. Parking in the area is limited and expensive. Both BART and CalTrain take bicycles. If you do drive, try to carpool. There is a fair number of parking on the southern area of Market near the ride's meeting spot at the Ferry Building. It takes about 10-15 minutes to ride your bike from 4th & King to the Ferry Building. Others prefer to park near the ride's final destination for a quick departure. Check out these websites for details:

Bikes

Use your own bikes, borrow one or rent one from any of several bike rentals in the city such as Blazing Saddles. Google San Francisco bike rentals to find a place near our start, finish or your parking spot.

Please maintain your bikes. Check them and perform needed service BEFORE the ride. Have spare tubes, air pumps, medical kits and ample water. Not everyone needs complete service and medical kits as these can be shared. We ride by the philosophy "no rider left behind", but if your bike suffers a malfunction and can't be repaired in a reasonably short time, someone usually will help them back to their starting point, but the ride will go on.

Alternative Participation

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. One bike rental place offered 50% discounts to WNBR riders last year. See the FAQ for more info.

Skates

Skater on Lombard

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

April 2015 Citation Notice: Prior to the 2015 Earth Day ride, one rider received a citation before our gathering behind the fountain. However, he was the only one there and only had frontal regions covered. Please do not arrive undressed or get undressed at the start, especially if nobody else is there yet. It is best to wait until a significant amount of riders are present and our departure time is near. OH, AND THE GOOD NEWS FOR THAT ONE RIDER IS THE CITATION WAS DISMISSED; YOU MIGHT NOT BE SO LUCKY. Please remain dressed until just shortly before the ride starts.

Liberal San Francisco is not so liberal anymore with the passage of an anti-nudity ordinance that went into effect on February 1st, 2013. Our four WNBR rides last year were a test to see how far we can push the limits. If this year is going to operate under the same leniency, there is no problem anticipated. It is apparent the city officials have studied the matter sufficiently to not desire a legal battle with the First Amendment protection our protests afford.

If you go naked, have a protest message to go with the nudity in the form of body painted slogans or signs. Be prepared to cover up. So far, the authorities have been nice in giving people an opportunity to cover up before giving out citations. Bare breasts are okay. To be legal, you just need to barely cover your private parts. Going naked outside the main group will definitely get you cited. There's more safety in numbers.

Bay To Breakers citations! A few nude runners/walkers during the recent 2014 Bay To Breakers were told to cover up, in spite of the so-called written exemptions written into the "Weiner Law" for this event and others like the Folsom Fair that have had a longstanding tradition of nudity. A few nudist activists were given citations. It looks as if a number of SFPD are being told to do an "end run" around the ordinance. If anyone encounters any officers doing "their job" and directing you to cover, please take down their badge numbers and names. You typically have a 5 minute time interval to cover without getting a citation. We have in the past had a good relationship with the SFPD. If confronted, be polite and non-confrontational, try to defuse, not escalate the situation. One person being an ass or a dick (pun intended) can put the remainder of the ride at risk.

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) (now out of date) contains the actual codes and regulations (with references) regarding nudity. 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.)

Critical Mass with more ass!


Links

Our World Naked Bike Ride - San Francisco Facebook Fan Page is the place to get latest ride info and where to find WNBR Event pages to RSVP ATTENTION: WE'RE BACK!!! Our Facebook Fan Page has been republished. After Facebook prudes took it down a week before our July 2013 ride, we were determined to start up again. A new WNBR Fan Page has been created and NO photos will be allowed if Facebook has a problem with plain nudity and social protest.

Discussion groups

  • SF WNBR Yahoo! Group
    (No longer a reliable information source for lack of interest from the page admin, few, if any WNBR riders still post there)


Location Links

Please also visit

Subpages

Publicity, Media Coverage and Ride Reports

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.)

Promotional Materials

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.

Route Info

This page contains links to route descriptions, maps and turn sheets for current and past rides.

Photos

This page contains links to photo collections covering previous rides. (Obviously, these photos contain images of public nudity.)

FAQ

This page contains questions and answers to many of the more common concerns regarding the SF WNBR. Thanks to Leo for this.

Ride Safety

This page discusses safety issues when riding around San Francisco. Thanks to Leo for this.

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