About 75 people met at Parc Bellerive bright and early, slipped into their birthday suits and took to the streets. As a burlesque performer, a nudist and a cyclist, words cannot express how liberating this felt. I’d already accepted that if I was ever to get arrested it would be for indecent exposure, but that was not happening on Saturday. The police allotted 15 minutes to undress, one hour to bike and 15 minutes after the ride to get dressed.
Some bikers said they were unhappy the event couldn’t take place at the city’s centre, but taking into consideration what happened to our neighbours in Ottawa, Montrealers should consider themselves lucky. Bikers in the nation’s capital were allowed to go topless but were forbidden to bare their crown jewels, honeypots or fannies if they wanted to avoid getting arrested, because being naked in public is illegal.
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