Hubway asks naked bike riders to ‘please wear clothes’
If you’re riding your own bike at this weekend’s sixth-annual naked ride through Boston, feel free to go au naturel. But if you’re taking a Hubway bike, give the next rider a break, the company pleaded Wednesday.
“For the love of all that is decent, please consider the other riders,” a spokesman for the bike-share company harrumphed in a light-hearted statement.
“While there isn’t anything in the Hubway user agreement that explicitly prohibits riding naked, for safety and sanitary reasons we strongly encourage the wearing of clothing while riding,” said spokesman Benjy Kantor.
Hubway has no affiliation with World Naked Bike Ride Boston, but the company is aware that some participants could use its bikes. It happened in 2013.
The ride, hosted by local advocates, is held in 70 cities each year. Attendees ride naked — or mostly so — to “expose the unique dangers” cyclists face during their daily commutes and to protest people’s dependence on cars and oil, according to the event’s website.
Boston’s ride begins Saturday in Cambridge, where participants undress before setting off on the adventure, and winds through Somerville and Boston. The ride’s Facebook event page has garnered more than 500 likes. Last year, 300 people joined the bare-naked brigade.
Noting that nudity is not required, ride organizers underscored Hubway’s plea.
“Wear underwear, they are public bikes, after all,” organizers said in a statement.