Monday, August 4, 2008

Thank Yous and Photos

Lovely participants:

Thank you all for making Saturday night a HUGE success! We had an estimated 300 participants, maybe more (does anyone have a better count?) and zero arrests. The police were very cooperative, helping block traffic when necessary. We biked towards fireworks, past crowds of cheering supporters, past gas stations (suckers), by the Stadium even though we were strongly encouraged not to, by the Arch, and through Washington Avenue where we surrounded confused cars by the masses.

We couldn't have done this without all your support - thank you to everyone who helped, whether it was with publicity, telling your friends, making the trek to Tower Grove Park, or just showing up.

Hopefully this is a good memory for all and you'd like to capture the memory forever through documentation, so I've set up a flickr account (thankfully intelligent people have found it already and started posting).

Here's the group: http://flickr.com/groups/nakedbikestl/

For more pictures, check out the River Front Times photo essay: http://riverfronttimes.com/slideshow/view/11180600. Also, I found a blog, dangerous intersection, that was a nice photo essay: http://dangerousintersection.org/2008/08/03/naked-bicycle-ride-2008-st-louis-to-discourage-dependency-on-oil/#comment-22718.

If I figure out how to post some photos on here, I'll do it. Unfortunately, I don't have any of my own, so if you have any you want on here, go ahead and email them to nakedbikestl@gmail.com. You can also email us there if you have any comments/suggestions for next year's bike ride or want to help us organize that one. Or any pleasant anecdotes... those are good too.

Thanks again, and stay cool this week!

Friday, August 1, 2008

NEW STARTING PLACE! LEGALITY! ROUTE!

Hey all,
I apologize this blog hasn't been updated lately. Things have been crazy and wonderful at WNBR St. Louis, but Mariah and I have done a whole lot the last few days with the bike ride taking place TOMORROW (yes, tomorrow) and here are some updates. We sent it out the mailing list last night.

Hello all!

Today was an exciting day here at WNBR headquarters. Not only were we on the Fox news show but we also met with the police tonight. We wanted you all to know the official word after that meeting. Here's the city ordinance that they went over with us. We are encouraging strategic coverage of the controversial areas (genitals, buttocks, breasts) but maximum exposure within the law and if people decide to bare it all you need to know that that is in violation of the ordinance and the police have to right to make arrests if there are complaints.

14.01.170 Lewd and indecent conduct.
A. As used herein, the term "lewd and indecent conduct" shall mean:

1. The exposure of one's genitals, buttocks, vulva, pubic hair or the female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola;

2. The touching, caressing or fondling of the breasts, buttocks or genitals, whether clothed or unclothed, for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification;

3. The touching, caressing or fondling of the breasts, buttocks or genitals, whether clothed or unclothed, which is likely to cause affront or alarm; and

4. Acts or representations of acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy, bestiality, cunnilingus, fellatio or flagellation.

NEW STARTING LOCATION:
Also, as Tower Grove park closes at 10 DON'T park there!! we are recommending people park on Arsenal or nearby streets. The location for body painting and departure will be Stupp Center and Memorial Garden (near the corner of the park closest Grand and Arsenal..Moca Bee's is nearby). Don't worry, though, if you forget or are confused, we should have people/signs directing you where to go from the Pool Pavilion.


The route is as follows:
Head south on Spring until Wyoming. Turn left on So. Grand, Right on Russell. Left on Compton to avoid the highway. Right on Lafayette, Left on Missouri. Right on Park. Left on 17th to Choteau then left to 4th past the Stadium. Left on market to 7th to Washington. 18th to Locust over to Olive, which leaves us at Grand and not too far from Atomic Cowboy. We'll see how folks feel distance wise and then decide which route to take to the After-party location.

All together the route should be about 10-12 miles which shouldn't take us more an hour to two hours. The police have kindly offered to help at the busiest intersections if need be. Also, we encourage all to wear helmets and lights and we will be obeying the rules of the road (stopping at lights, etc.)

Remninder: This is a peaceful protest. We encourage everyone to make the first ride as successful as possible. Let loved ones and strangers know and we'll see you Saturday! And don't hesitate to email us any further questions.


ALSO:
We're featured in so many places it's hard to keep count, but here's a few:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/EA1210B3D6FCA6EC86257496005A6E0D?OpenDocument
http://stlouis.metromix.com/events/biking/st-louis-world-naked-south-city/535431/content
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/5EDA3C43B438F4C986257498001173DA?OpenDocument
http://www.semissourian.com/article/20080731/ARTS01/760509982
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/events/st-louis-world-naked-bike-ride-547384/

And on TV!
http://www.myfoxstl.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=7104023&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

Hopefully, all this support is indicating a successful bike ride tomorrow. See you then!