A 'free the nipple' bike ride is happening in Vancouver this month

Aug 17 2018, 6:36 am

On August 26, you can take off your tops and hop on a bike to support women’s equality for the Free the Nipple Bike Ride.

This free event coincides with Women’s Equality Day and aims to bring women together on a ride to normalize female breasts and “fight back against rape culture and social bias.”

“This summer heat is encouraging males all over the Lower Mainland to enjoy their topless rights and who can blame them? Although it’s legal for women to do the same in BC, they seldom partake of their rights outside of private residences or nudist areas,” said event organizers in a release.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to feed your toddler, bike the Greenway, swim at the beach, or walk some trails on a hot summer day with as much freedom, devoid of harassment and dirty looks, as men enjoy?”

The ride will start and Sunset Beach and continue on through Stanley Park.

There are several ways to show solidarity. Participants can go topless (no full nudity allowed), wear pasties, or wear a bra or bikini top. Attendees are encouraged to decorate their bikes as well.

The event is described as “family friendly” and will go at a leisurely pace. All genders are welcome and organizers “encourage men to show their solidarity by opting to cover up or censor their nipples with tape, pasties, or a shirt.”

Free the Nipple Bike Ride Vancouver

When: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Where: Meet at Sunset Beach — 1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver, in front of the concession stand.

Time: Meet at 12 pm, ride starts at 12:30 pm

Admission: Free

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