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Naked Cyclists Took To The Streets Of Mexico City To Protest And OMG My Eyes

The World Naked Bike Ride is a growing movement of naked cyclists taking to the streets in cities across the world.

They ride naked to bring attention to climate change, toxic car culture, bike safety, and so much more, leaving tias and abuelas in shock everywhere.

And this past weekend, the World Naked Bike Ride came to Mexico City for the 13th time and it was the city’s largest one yet.

The crowds came out to protest the city’s heavy reliance on cars and the toxic car culture that makes it downright dangerous to ride a bike.

Each and every day some 8 million cars take to the streets and contribute to the city’s notorious traffic. But they also form a huge part of the city’s problem with record-breaking pollution that often reaches crisis levels.

The route took riders through the city’s most popular neighborhoods and along its busiest streets.

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From the famed Palacio de Bellas Artes along Paseo Reforma – the city’s main boulevard – to the Monumento de la Revolucion, this year’s WNBR didn’t go unnoticed.

Being noticed was exactly their point.

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In a city where accidents with bicycles happen all too often, these riders wanted to grab the attention of motorists. Many are hoping events like this will create greater awareness of bike safety.

Mexico City already has hundreds of miles of dedicated bike lanes, but even these can be dangerous for cyclists. They’re often blocked by cars or used by motorcycle drivers.

Biking wasn’t the only option as the route was joined by rollerbladers and skateboarders.

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It’s estimated that some 3,000 people joined this year’s WNBR in Mexico City, making it the largest the city has seen in its 13 years of hosting the event.

And some riders used the event to call attention to other issues.

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When you’re naked and riding through the city’s most popular districts, you’re going to get people’s attention. So it’s a good time to give a shout out to issues like women’s rights, environmental justice, and LGBT equality.

Twitter was full of reactions including a few jokes here and there…

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I mean if anybody’s private parts are hanging down to the chain, I think they already have bigger problems.

Others wish they could unsee what they had just seen.

But in their defence, sometimes you have to be a little controversial if you want to get noticed. So good for them for doing what they have to do to draw attention to the very real issues of violence against women, climate change, toxic car culture, and bike safety.

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