CATHEDRAL CITY – Mayor Mark Carnevale, never a fan of the controversial World Naked Bike Ride proposal that the late Mayor Gregory S. Pettis introduced, says he would be willing to consider it if there is compromise.
“I have not heard of anyone at this time moving forward with it,” Carnevale told Uken Report. “Obviously, if somebody wants to go forward, it would have the same challenges brought up when Greg brought it to light.”
In December, shortly before becoming mayor, Pettis announced a proposal to have the World Naked Bike Ride, an international clothing-optional bike ride, in the community. He was hoping to have it in spring 2020.
The proposal was greeted with cheers in some pockets of the community and jeers in others.
The Palm Springs Unified School District, which had confirmed to Pettis that it would be a recipient of proceeds from the fundraiser, turned its back on him when things got heated. Social media lit up with angry comments about the proposal.
“I went on record I was against it and still share that feeling,” Carnevale told Uken Report. “I would be willing to speak with anyone wanting to move forward with this event. If there could be a compromise on total nudity, it possibly could work.”
The World Naked Bike Ride is an event in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transportation, the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates, to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”
Different cities use the event for different purposes. Some use it as a political protest; others use it to promote positive body image. There is also a lot of fun at these events with costume contests, body art, body painting, and more.
Food vendors have been known to get in on the fun, too, often serving hot dogs and bratwursts.
Sometimes described as a “flesh feast,” it is wildly popular in Europe and has steadily been gaining a toehold in the United States and Canada, which is where Pettis first heard about the event.
“I was in Vancouver and they had just finished their Naked Bike Ride,” Pettis told Uken Report. “The city was still buzzing and the charity made a lot of money.”
Pettis’ proposal was designed to hold the event as a charity fundraiser. In Cathedral City, proceeds were initially to go toward the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and the Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation.
The dress code motto is often “bare as you dare.” Full or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. There is no mandate to cover intimate parts; which is a distinguishing feature of the World Naked Bike Ride compared with other cycling events.
Since 2004, cities across the world have experienced the exhilaration of the world’s largest naked event promoting cycling in the history of humanity.
World Naked Bike Rides have been held in Portland, Chicago, Las Vegas, Madison, Wis., and Philadelphia where it has been held for a decade. St. Louis celebrated its 11th annual event in 2018.
Before making his proposal public, Pettis said he had not gauged the new council’s support for the Naked Bike Ride, but added that it was not really a “city” event. “Yes, the city will have to be engaged for public works and public safety, but this will be a community event,” Pettis said.
Pettis’ proposal called for the route to run from CV Link south to Ramon, east to Date Palm, south to Buddy Rogers and into Towne Square.
- Mark Carnevale: Mark Carnevale
- London World Naked Bike Ride 2012: road.cc