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Body Positive Block Party & Naked Bike Ride

Green/Environmental, Seniors

Bellingham residents join bike riders from over 70 cities and 20 countries around the world, as they participate in their 11th annual Naked Bike Ride on Friday, June 7th 2019.   Riders can join the action with body painting, starting at 4 pm at a street closure in front of the Makeshift Art Gallery, 306 Flora St.  At 6 pm, the ride will embark from this location, lapping through downtown Bellingham. Following the ride there will be a Body Positive Block Party featuring live music and local performance artists. The ride, which has traditionally embarked from the HUB Bike Shop, has switched to this location after the community's recent loss of Arts Alley. Participants ride to protest our "indecent exposure" to fossil fuels, highlight bicyclist's vulnerability, and redefine cultural narratives about body image. Participants are encouraged to ride "as bare as you dare" wearing as much, or as little, as they feel comfortable with. Bellingham's Naked Bike Ride has become a defining characteristic of Bellingham's June Art Walk. Lineup includes local bands, Smooth Kiwi, Bird and Shooter, and Hot Wax (Vinyl DJ Set), as well as speeches on bike safety, body positivity, and the need to break away from fossil fuel dependence.