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Bikers in the Buff 

click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

Originally published June 15, 2005

June 11 was World Naked Bike Ride Day, and a group of 20 or so brave bikers commemorated it by cycling nude through the streets of Burlington. According to worldnakedbikeride.org, riders in more than 50 cities worldwide pedaled to protest reliance on fossil fuels and to celebrate "the power and individuality of our bodies."

Burlington's contingent assembled between 6 and 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Greener Pastures and Junktiques on North Winooski Avenue. Husband-and-wife organizers Adrian and Lina Tans are residents of Cambridge, Mass., who were in town visiting friends for the weekend. They promoted the protest by passing out fliers at local coffeehouses, and word traveled fast.

While all of the cyclists supported the cause, most seemed to enjoy simply providing some spicy street theater. Michael Nedell, a long-haired slam poet, author and former presidential candidate, painted silver stars on his nipples and wrapped himself in red, white and blue cords of tinsel for the ride. He pedaled a rusty red Schwinn, modified for the occasion. He added a basket to carry his clothes, "just in case."


The original print version of this article was headlined "Bikers in the Buff"

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired... more

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Matthew Thorsen

Matthew Thorsen

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Matthew Thorsen was a photographer for Seven Days 1995-2018. Read all about his life and work here.

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