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opinion | jennifer graham

The naked appeal of bikes

THE WORLDWIDE Naked Bike Ride will soon be upon us, proving once again that there’s no cause so noble that extremists can’t muck it up, recklessly tarnishing the cause they wish to promote.

The event, which began nine years ago in Spain and has spread around the world, is a roguish shadow of the Critical Mass group bike rides. It’s supposed to draw attention to the positives of bicycling while protesting the negatives, such as “indecent exposure to carbon emissions.” But with it rides a troubling peloton of questions.

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