Bikers bare all in St. Louis ride

July 28, 2017 by  

A wonderfully wacky event took place in St. Louis recently, when the city hosted theWorld Naked Bike Ride.

Now in its 10th year, the ride was organized mainly by Tatyana Telnikova, who owns the HandleBar, a bar with a bicycle theme. Also among the organizers were Matt Hartman, who owns the Spoked Bikes & Stuff Shop; and Matt Green, who is the Grove Community Improvement District’s administrator. Since 2014, the three have transformed the ride in St. Louis to the third biggest in the nation. Only those in Portland and Chicago are bigger.

The ride in 2017 was special for a number of reasons, including the fact that the event has been taking place without interruption for 10 years, making it an important anniversary. Not only has the day become one of St. Louis’s most anticipated and whimsical traditions, but it also a combination parade/cycling event/nudist gathering/street festival. Even more importantly, perhaps, it has the wholehearted backing of city officials, and thousands of people come to watch the riders having a great time.

Although it is billed as a naked ride, the slogan for the event is ‘Bare as You Dare’, so those who are not comfortable taking off their clothes can enjoy the day as well.

Events like this can benefit if organizers work with a banner printing company, which can create festive banners to use to decorate the course.