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Get Off Your (Bare) Butt 

Wednesday, Mar 9 2011
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San Francisco is overflowing with strong social and political opinions. Problem is, too many of us limit our activism to buying a bumper sticker that tells the world (or, a small segment of the driving world) what we believe. “Question Authority!” proclaimed the six-cylinder BMW 5 Series with leather interior. Hypocrisy in motion? Literally. What we need instead is real act of protest against the oil industry and a complacent car-centric culture. It should be risky, but it should also have a sense of humor and involve some self-deprecation. Here's one: the World Naked Bike Ride. While nudity is not required, it's encouraged – along with body paint, portable signs, and outlandish costumery that furthers the message of the ride. Organizers determine the route as the riders assemble, but they say likely destinations include the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and United Nations Plaza. They assure participants they probably won't be arrested for wearing their birthday suits as long as they stay with the group. The ride lasts two to three hours. Organizers also encourage people to use public transportation (fully clothed, natch) to get to the ride's starting point – even if that BMW 5 Series includes a really cool bike rack.
Sat., March 12, 11 a.m., 2011

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