COVID-19 Slammed the brakes on Naked Bike Ride in Philadelphia


The deadly threat been lay down by coronavirus pandemic has caused so many social activities to a stand still.

The highly contagious and deadly virus, slammed the brakes on this year's Philly Naked Bike Ride in Philadelphia. The city's COVID-19 cases made them halt their planning.

The annual event, which usually draws thousands of nude cyclists for a trip around Philadelphia and its tourist sites, had been set for later this month.

The naked ride is to promote positive body image, advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels. Riders pedal a 10-mile (16-kilometer) course while taking in sights including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps, featured in the “Rocky” movies.

Ride organizer Maria Serrahima said their website after much debate, canceling this year was “the safest bet and responsible thing to do" because of the highly contagious and deadly virus. 

But they had a message for would-be naked riders eager to break free of their home lockdowns: They hope to be back riding in 2021.

“We hope to see you next year, hopefully under better and healthier circumstances," they said. "Keep up your (socially distant) riding and be safe.”

The 12th Philly Naked Bike Ride had been scheduled for Aug. 29. The ride used to be held in September, often in temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

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