Welcome to the Saint Louis World Naked Bike Ride page!
Please visit wnbrstl.org or facebook.com/wnbrstl for most recent information!
- 1 Next ride
- 2 Objectives
- 3 Ride information
- 4 How to Get Involved
- 5 Contact information
- 6 2017 Route
- 7 Get Involved
- 8 History
- 9 Previous routes
- 10 Photos
- 11 Media coverage
- 11.1 2012
- 11.2 2011
- 11.3 2010
- 11.4 2009
- 11.5 2008
- 12 Links
- 13 Categories
Date: 5 Aug 2023
- To encourage cycling and promote cyclist awareness
- To protest oil dependency
- To promote positive body image
- To build community in a fun, creative way
Participants are encouraged to go "as bare as they dare," though nudity is by no means necessary.
Further questions can be addressed at the WNBR FAQ section.
Here are a few of the latest 2018 ride updates…
- We ask that photographers and press help create a safe space by being respectful and asking CONSENT to photograph, and encouraging others to do so!
4 to 6 p.m. Pre-ride gathering, complete with
- Live music
- Costume contest
- Expo of cycling, environmental, and body positivity organizations
- Food and beverages from local businesses
- 4Hands Brewing Co
- Just John
- Spoked Bikes & Stuff
- The Grove CID
6 p.m. RIDE!
8:00 till midnight: Post Ride Celebration in the Grove between Sarah and Kentucky! Manchester Bike Bash street festival with live music!
How to Get Involved
- Join our mailing list. Email email@example.com and we'll add you.
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- Volunteer We are in need of volunteers! Volunteer roles include
If you'd like to help contribute to the event, please contact:
Names: Matt Green
We would greatly appreciate volunteers!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help make the 2017 ride a success!
World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis started in 2008, drawing 300 cyclists in the first year. Since then, the ride takes place every summer and has grown to 2000 cyclists and 9000 attendees at the Manchester Bike Bash!
Intended to be on the 20th of June, 2020◄CANCELLED Corona
- On the 20th of July
- On the 21st of July
- Announcement by Saint Louis Post Dispatch on 21 July 2018 of the Saint Louis WNBR, by Emma Baker: "Cycling buffs will roll through St. Louis for World Naked Bike Ride"
- 9 photographs on Flickr of the Saint Louis WNBR taken on 21 July 2018 by Cal W
- Photographs on Flickr of a series of Saint Louis WNBRs, including 2018 by Tim Vizer: "Bike riders at the start of the 11th Annual World Naked Bike Ride which was held Saturday, July 21, 2018".
- Note: The List of rides had announced the 16th of June 2018, which date became put here above as well, later on. Both remained as such until May 2020. There is however, no other indication found of having had two Saturday rides in consecutive months, and only proof for July, which date had not been mentioned on this WNBR wiki.
- On the 15th of July
- On the 16th of July
- On the 18th of July
- On the 26th of July
- On the 27th of July
- On the 28th of July
- Estimated 1000 riders
St. Louis held its FIFTH World Naked Bike Ride on this Saturday. The ride far exceeded our expectations; we had an estimated 1000 riders in attendance, doubling last year's ridership alone. Yes, 1000 riders in a post-industrial city of a mere 300,000 population, with a small (but steadily growing) cycling community, and often thought of as conservative. (Several riders commented, "how did you pull this off?!")
This year's ride included partnerships with several cycling, environmental, and body-positive groups and businesses who came out to the pre-ride gathering on South Grand and set up booths, did bicycle maintenance, and shared resources. The ride itself received positive reception from the biggest St. Louis business districts (many of which took it on their own to host watching parties to support the ride) and were greeted with smiles, cheers, and at times stripping by onlookers, in cars and on the street alike. We had very few traffic issues considering the size of the ride and the fact that riders, rather than a police escort, were leading the ride, and due to limited resources, only one police car was available for traffic safety. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were cooperative and helped block traffic in larger intersections. No arrests were made. The ride ended in a street party in the Grove, an eclectic night-time district in St. Louis, where regulars went with the flow and embraced naked bike riders, and at times decided to join in and strip as well.
Some riders came from surrounding smaller cities and are interested in starting WNBRs in their own homes, and we also received several comments by riders stating that as always, it was the best night of the year, and others stating they had no idea how fun, tolerant, and cool their city could be. So yes for helping increase city pride and making it a little more fun and interesting!
It was an incredible, empowering, and positive experience, and we anticipate even more growth in future years.
- On the 11th of June
- Estimated 500 riders
The 10 mile ride was the best yet, covering the busiest business districts, receiving incredible positive reception, and police escort.
THANKS TO the volunteers who helped organize and publicize the ride, Charlie for distributing routes and Dave for helping with last minute bike maintenance, Yelp and Sex Positive STL for helping publicize the event, Nowell and Rachel and the South Grand CID and businesses for letting us use their lot and supporting the event, Buck the Trend for a great pre-ride performance, District 3 Police and Officer Joseph Calabro for coordinating the police escort for the ride which ensured safety of participating cyclists, Atomic Cowboy and HandleBar and all the other Grove establishments who put on a great party, set-up bike parking, and let everyone in despite various states of undress, and of course, all the participants and supporters of the ride! And anybody else I've forgotten to thank.
RECAP We had a great ride this year, with an estimated 400-500 cyclists. Veteran riders said this was the biggest ride yet, and the best route yet, too. First-timers were gaggled with how much fun and large the ride is. We went past applauding crowds on S. Grand, Cherokee, Benton Park, Soulard, Downtown, Wash Ave, Locust Business District, and the Grove. No major conflicts and excellent cooperation by surprised spectators/vehicles and of course the police.
We even had a few folks inquire about starting a ride in their cities (Springfield and Kansas City). St. Louis, despite its wide roads, highways, and smaller population, continues to set a superb example. Chicago, a city of nearly 3 million, started its first WNBR with 200 riders and a few arrests. St. Louis, a city of 350,000, had 300 at its first ride and 0 arrests and we continue to grow! (Note Chicago has about 1700 participants as of late, but we can catch up.)
- On the 19th of June
- Estimated 450 riders
Thanks to all who came to the ride last night! It was a great success: we had beautiful weather, a record number of naked men and women, our trusty camel, a giant American flag, our dependable rollerblader and burlesque contingent, and we received cheers throughout the city from both expectant and surprised spectators, including in Soulard, downtown, Central West End, and of course, S. Grand.
Special thanks to District 3 police who followed our route completely and ensured cyclist safety in traffic. In addition, we had NO problems whatsoever with arrests and nudity, despite three nude cyclists immediately leading the pack behind the police car. Also thanks to our lovely volunteer body painters, route leaders, and planners.
You can find photos, video, and news stories at the following:
RFT photos: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/slideshow/2010-world-naked-bike-ride-in-st-louis-nsfw-30153430 KSDK video and news story: http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=204607 STL Today photos: http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1027606&CategoryID=38925 Globe-Democrat news story: http://www.globe-democrat.com/news/2010/jun/20/world-naked-bike-ride-stops-st-louis/
- On the 15th of August
- Estimated 400 riders
The year of the lost summary. We started in Tower Grove Park - had a solid turnout. We cooperated with the police for a revised and shorter route, which was a bit quieter (didn't go by many business districts) - but we ended up warmly welcomed in the Grove and at Atomic Cowboy for one of the best post-ride parties.
- On the 2nd of August
- Estimated 300 riders
The first Saint Louis World Naked Bike Ride took place in 2008, and was a complete success. There were maybe 300 participants estimated, not including the hundreds of spectating supporters throughout the bike ride. There were also zero arrests, despite warnings from the police beforehand. Though there were only a dozen or so completely nude cyclists, the overwhelming majority of the bike ride was in their underwear or a bit less. The police were incredibly cooperative, helping out at busy intersections and larger streets, as the organizers revealed the route to the police beforehand.
We started out by biking in the dark of Tower Grove Park before emerging at Arsenal, where there were many stationed supporting spectators cheering us on. We looped back through South Grand, a normally busy street that we were able to block off for over a mile. We biked towards fireworks after the Cardinals game. Despite strong encouragement otherwise, we biked onwards past the Busch Stadium, by the Arch, down Market street, and onward through Washington Ave, a popular night spot. Here we swarmed in the masses around confused cars in a single lane street. We ended up flying down a hill on Lindell and then turned on Vandeventer, where we were able to conclude the ride by picking up some cyclists, passing by some gas stations and bars and a supporting crowd at the Atomic Cowboy, our final stop point.
Some highlights of the pre and post parties: At the body painting gathering, one reporter ended up stripping to his underwear while filming. Also, at the Atomic Cowboy, all the band members ended up in their underwear by the end of their set.
Throughout the ride, we received maybe one negative comment and thousands of positive ones, from families included. We took over multiple city blocks at a time. We had some rollerbladers, and we had a camel. For the first Saint Louis World Naked Bike Ride ever, where the majority of the participants had never heard of the World Naked Bike Ride and many had never participated in a mass bike ride before, we got an amazing turnout and loads of positive feedback.
Return to the the start of the ride:
Google Maps of 2012 Route, subject to change
Note* PAUSES are to prevent the ride from being too spread out.
Approximate map (see discussion page): Google Map of 2011 Route
Suggestions welcome! Email with comments/complaints.
Note: Route is not necessarily finalized. We're welcome to suggestions or complaints!
Not the exact route, as planned, but trying to follow the directions from the route described above: WNBR Saint Louis 2008
- Flickr Saint Louis World Naked Bike Ride group
- Riverfront Times St. Louis Naked Bike Ride Photo Slideshow
- Flickr World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis, 2009
- Riverfront Times St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride 2009
- Riverfront Times, 20 June 2010: *2010 World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis (NSFW)
- STL Today 21 June 2010 Post Dispatch iParty photos (NSFW)
See also Saint Louis photos
KSDK Channel 5 "Hundreds of St. Louis cyclists participate in World Naked Bike Ride"
- St. Louis Beacon "Bare as you Dare bike ride returns to St. Louis"
- West End Word 17 July 2012 "5th World Naked Bike Ride coming Saturday July 28, in St. Louis"
- Riverfront Times 3 July 2012 "World Naked Bike Ride Returns July 28"
- KDHX 23 July 2012 "Collateral Damage features Naked Bike Ride"
- CBS Local 3 July 2012 "5th World Naked Bike Ride Coming to St. Louis"
- St. Louis Post Dispatch 4 July 2012 "World Naked Bike Ride returns to St. Louis July 28"
- West End Word, 3 June 2011: "World Naked Bike Ride June 11"
- Sex Positive St. Louis, 2 June 2011: "World Naked Bike Ride 2011 is Coming to St. Louis!"
- Riverfront Times
- Riverfront Times, 20 June 2010: *2010 World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis (NSFW)
- STL Today 21 June 2010 Post Dispatch iParty photos (NSFW)
- Riverfront Times, 15 Aug 2009: "'St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride 2009"
- Riverfront Times, 15 Aug 2009: "'Video and Photos: 2009 World Naked Bike Ride Rolls Through St. Louis"
- Riverfront Times, 13 Aug 2009: "'Ass For Clunkers"
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, 14 Aug 2009: "Bike naked or clothed around St. Louis this weekend
- First Coast News Jacksonville, 5 Aug 2008: "'World Naked Bike Ride' Rolls Through Midwest"
- Sacramento ABC News 10, 4 Aug 2008: "Hundreds Show for St. Louis Naked Bike Ride"
- Belleville News Democrat, 4 Aug 2008: "Belleville News Democrat: World Naked Bike Ride pedals through St. Louis"
- NBC San Diego, 4 Aug 2008: "'World Naked Bike Ride' Hits St. Louis"
- WCVB/The Boston Channel, 4 Aug 2008: "'Nude' Cyclists Protest Oil Dependence" (KMOV video)
- KSDK Channel 5 News, 3 Aug 2008: "World Naked Bike Ride Parades Through St. Louis" (video)
- Saint Louis Post Dispatch, 3 Aug 2008: "Mostly naked cyclists draw crowd for ride"
- Riverfront Times Video, 2? Aug 2008: "St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride"
- KMOV, 2 Aug 2008: "World Naked Bike Ride rolls through St. Louis" (video)
- KMOV Channel 2 News, 2 Aug 2008: "Police oppose Wash U. students’ naked bike ride" (exclusive interview including video)
- Web India 123 World News, 2 Aug 2008: "Clothing mandatory for 'naked' bike riders"
- KMOV Channel 2 News, 1 Aug 2008: "Police Oppose Wash U Students' Naked Bike Ride" (video)
- Saint Louis Post Dispatch, 1 Aug 2008: "Ride organizers advise cyclists to cover up"
- Political Gateway, 1 Aug 2008: "Clothing mandatory for 'naked' bike riders"
- MyFox Saint Louis, 31 Jul 2008: "Biking In The Buff? Naked Riders Protest Saturday"
- MyFox Saint Louis, 31 Jul 2008: ""World Naked Bike Ride" in St. Louis"
- Southeast Missourian, 31 Jul 2008: "Baring all to bring attention to alternative travel"
- Saint Louis Post Dispatch, 30 Jul 2008: "Cyclists to leave clothes behind"
- Riverfront Times, 30 Jul 2008: "Undress for Excess
- Riverfront Times – Events, 26 Jul 2008: "Indecent Exposure to Cars: The Story of the World Naked Bike Ride"
- Indymedia St Louis, 22 Jul 2008: "World Naked Bike Ride Cycles Into Saint Louis This Summer"
- ViaMichelin map of Saint Louis
- Wikipedia: St. Louis, Missouri
- Wikipedia: Missouri
- Wikipedia: United States
- Map of Tower Grove Park
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