After being confirmed earlier this year, the Montreal chapter of the World Naked Bike Ride is set to ride tomorrow from Dorchester Square downtown at 1 p.m. and go around the city for a total of seven hours.
It's done by following two circuits Ville-Marie and beyond, going through the Village—provided that weather doesn't get in the way, of course, but so far things are looking favourable for riders. Everyone is welcome, and riders don't need to be in the nude to partake; registration can be found here.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have said that they will likely cancel body-painting and will encourage the use of masks and bicycle riders distancing from one another. Last year's edition had received police escorts to ensure social distancing was taking place, and because this functions as a protest, people will be required to wear masks.
Sometimes passed off as a nudist event in the city—and in some ways, it is about body positivity—the event is a protest against the consumption of oil and its impacts on the environment. By drawing attention to bicycles, the organizers have said that they hope to aid in the promotion of alternative, greener forms of transportation like cycling.
With this event, Montreal is set to take part in an event that's been held in (according to organizers) 80 cities around the world.
The World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal will begin on July 17 at 1 p.m. from Dorchester Square, across from Place du Canada, and will ride until 8 p.m. at night.
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