World Naked Bike Ride in the United Kingdom, 2006. Photo by CGP Grey.

Edmonton’s nude bike ride met with protests

A crowd of protesters voiced their outrage over a naked bike ride that took place in Edmonton Saturday.

The World Naked Bike Ride aimed to promote safe cycling, body positivity and the use of bicycles as a sustainable mode of transportation.

“These rides … are the only time you really know you’ll get back in one piece because of the visibility,” one rider Paul Gagnon told CTV News.

In an interview with the Edmonton Sun prior to the ride, Ray Jorritsma, one event participant said that the ride is a protest of its own.

“Our form of protest is by using our natural bodies and exposing them to the public as a method of showing what we stand for,” he said.

But Peter Downing, executive director of the activist group, Alberta Fights Back, was part of a group of protestors who said the event should be classified as public indecency.

“What is going on? Where is the law? Where is the order?” he told CTV News. “Stop messing with kids… they’re not adults and they don’t need to see your body.”

CTV reported that officers from the Edmonton Police Service were present during the naked ride, but never asked anyone to cover up due to their freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.