‘Bare as you dare’: World Naked Bike Ride hits the French Quarter streets

The group states on its website that the purpose of the ride is to promote a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses in a free, non-sexual, fun bike ride.

by Matthew Hinton
June 10, 2019

Riders in various states of undress participate in the 11th annual World Naked Bike Ride New Orleans at Markey Park in the Bywater before continuing on to the French Quarter Saturday, June 8, 2019.

The group states on its website that the purpose of the ride is to promote a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses in a free, non-sexual, fun bike ride. ‘Our mission is to take to the streets riding nude as the best way of defending our dignity as humans on bikes. We expose just how vulnerable we are as cyclist on our own city streets. We also ride to protest the world’s oil dependency, mainly cars, that negatively impacts the environment on this planet.’

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer. Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

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