World Naked Bike Ride Comes to Houston (Semi-NSFW)

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Photos by Marco Torres
(For more Semi-nekkid pics, check out our slideshow.)

A select group of free spirits congregated at Super Happy Fun Land on Saturday night for the first-ever session of the World Naked Bike Ride to be held in Houston. Organizer David Collins, who dubs himself the "Naked Emperor," promoted and recruited for the event through Facebook. He tells Hair Balls that he first dreamed of organizing a ride last year, but a scheduling conflict postponed his dream.

As we walked into the East End art space, we were greeted by an already nude Collins and a gentleman named Russell Buck. We asked Russell what brought him to the WNBR. He responded by informing us that he is an avid nudist and a cyclist, and the event was a perfect way to promote both. In his opinion, the Houston Police Department takes the nudity issue to an extreme that he does not agree with. As long as he is not offending anyone, he believes that the act of being nude is his own business, and the law should not interfere.

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One of the main motives behind the WNBR is the protest against humanity's oil dependency. That protest can take many forms, whether the issue is the desire to end wars in oil-producing countries, or the disapproval of how the auto industry has affected the economy. Cycling plays a part because it is a form of environmentally responsible transportation.

Others are attracted to the WNBR as a means to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the human body, regardless of size, build, appearance or age. Saturday's event included teenagers from Rice University as well as a sexagenarian, and everyone in between. One rider commented that he was not participating for political reasons, but merely wanted to "ride [his] bike downtown naked." Of course, full nudity will get you in hot water with HPD, so some sort of garments did cover the most private parts of every rider. Another gentleman proclaimed that in doing so, he was "observing the letter of the law, but not the spirit."

Other responses to the "Why did you come to the WNBR?" question included:

"Why the hell not?!"

"I heard about it and just had to do it!"

"We wanted to be a part of the first ever ride in Houston."

"To have fun!"

"It's all a part of 'Going Green.'"

In the end, a total of about 30 riders participated in the event. "It's a good start," proclaimed Collins, "definitely room for growth."

Click here for our slideshow of the World Naked Bike Ride.

Here is a video by a participant named Tim, who attended the event in an attempt to "blend in with the naked hipsters riding their bicycles."

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craig
craig

Yes, these morons are worried about oil consumption, yet they waste paint and make messes like a bunch of kindgarten kids without their rittalin.

Allison
Allison

Yeah! About 30 people, only some of which had some body paint, are totally responsible for more destruction than BP and the like! And we made a mess! Heaven forfend, you should burn us all.

craig
craig

Your bicycle grips and tires are made from oil.  Big bad oil.  Boo-yea!

And if it were not for big bad oil, you'd be riding on dirt streets becuase Houston would not exist.

HC
HC

Take that issue up with American culture, not the City of Houston or Louisiana.  Laws are just codified norms, and norms dictate that people have clothes on.  I wish I could walk around naked all day long, but I know people would probably call the cops and I would be labeled a sex offender.  So I don't walk around public naked.

Good luck reversing nearly 2,000 years of Western tradition repressing the human body in a few years.  And quite honestly, it's more the result of the European climate than anything else.  If we lived in Papua New Guinea we'd walk around with our tits and scrotal sacs hanging to the ground unhindered.  Even hot-as-hell Houston doesn't have the same climate as the Amazon.

Russell Buck
Russell Buck

i agree with Allison here, i wasn't there to protest anything, just to ride. i rode nude everywhere i could, and i didn't need paint to cover me, either. as a lifelong nudist, if i DID have a protest, it would be about the absolute silliness of Houston's law that somehow equates simple nudity with sexual perversion, and is so unconstitutional that it even can reach into your own home with it's provision of 'in view of any public street or sidewalk'. THAT's a sure sign of a government over-reaching it's limits on mandating what our personal freedoms should be. It's obvious that the city of Houston doesn't recognize the rights that were guaranteed us by the U.S. Constitution. I'm from Louisiana, so I can't do anything to work towards changing that law, but you can, and you should, before your city takes away a right that brings you some pleasure.If it's obscene, indecent, or immoral to be naked, then why aren't we penalized for allowing our pets and livestock from running around naked? The law is an insult, and it's effect is to create sexual perverts by creating an environment where it nudity becomes so taboo that it fosters an unnatural desire brought on by the law dictating that we are supposed to be ashamed of being human, and by extension, that we should be ashamed of our gender, and ultimately, that we should be ashamed of ourselves.I'm none of those: I'm proud to be a compassionate human being, I had no control over my gender, and I've never done anything in my 54 years on this planet that I am ashamed of. To have a city that intrudes right into it's citizen's living rooms, and no one trying to change that could certainly be considered by most logical, free human beings as being more insulting than the law itself.

Allison
Allison

ah, i got it, you make an absolutely ridiculous statement, get called out for its ridiculousness, then shift the goal posts to a new complaint. Yes of course, just about everything in the modern world uses oil somehow, so we should do nothing to try to cut back on that use, even just a little bit. Makes perfect sense!

Also, speaking only for myself here, I didn't do the ride to protest anything. And I don't ride a bike to protest anything (other than a dwindling bank account due to gas prices). I rode because 1) riding bikes is awesome, and 2) a naked bike ride sounded like a blast. And it was. My apologies that we're not all as miserable as you.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

At least the paint mess was on our bodies. We didn't create the biggest mess in history, devastate thousands of businesses, kill wildlife, and decimate wetlands. Just saying. Someone needs to have a little more fun time and little less angry time.

Underground_dna
Underground_dna

you dolls and dudes rock! I met the group as they pit stopped in at a taco stand in between two establishments on westhiemer! Body painting for you folks next year???                                                                                                                            -DNA

MidKnight
MidKnight

You are going to tell me that HOT chick with the black bandana is not sexual? Hoss I've got a bridge for sale me and you need to talk about.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

That's me and I appreciate your compliment. I wasn't trying to be sexual however.

Russell Buck
Russell Buck

thanks for the coverage, Marco. Hopefully, the Houston city council will grow up someday and realize that nudity is NOT sexual, it is merely anatomy, maybe they'll even rescind their ridiculous dictate that infringes on our personal freedoms, and just maybe, next year, we actually CAN ride nude!

Jacky Gilbert
Jacky Gilbert

Fabulous, Hope this becomes huge!!! In H. Town, we need this! Next year, I hope to come and bring the family!!!!

Tim
Tim

KPFT was very cool to us, they even gave us candy..

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

It was a great time and we made it on 90.1! Thanks again to everyone who made it happen.

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