Student - June 22, 2011

Naked ride to Arnhem

More than thirty people drew attention to environmental pollution with a light-hearted protest last Saturday. They cycled as bare as they dared from Wageningen to Arnhem.

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The cyclists taking part in this annual event want people to think about environmental pollution.
The participants used this positive protest to celebrate the bike as an environmentally friendly means of transport and the human body as the cleanest engine. More than thirty cyclists took part in the ride, despite the rather poor weather forecast. In Wageningen in particular, they attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd. The participants decorated themselves in a festive fashion and then cycled twice through the centre of Wageningen as part of the annual LEEFfestival ('dare to live' festival). Afterwards, they cycled via Renkum, Heelsum, Doorwerth and Oosterbeek to Arnhem, where they went once round the city centre. Nearly all lookers-on reacted favourably and many were full of admiration. The weather also ended up being better than expected. Although it was drizzling and windy at the start and end of the ride, the sun shone most of the time during the trip. The World Naked Bike Ride has been organized annually in various countries around the world ever since 2004. This year, the event was held in around eighty towns and cities. The Gelderland event was organized by Share Wageningen.

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