Naked cyclists in Montreal promote environment

Members of the public gather to take photographs as people prepare to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride Day in central London on June 9, 2012. Held every year, the event sees hundreds of cyclists take to the streets of the capital in various states of undress. Photograph by: LEON NEAL , AFP/Getty Images

Despite moderately chilly temperatures Saturday morning, 50 Cyclo-Nu participants pedaled naked through the city, Montreal’s answer to the World Naked Bike Ride.

Some riders were completely au naturel, TVA reported, while others wore funny hats, wigs and red squares.

World Naked Bike Ride is intended to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world,” according to the official website, and show that it is “time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.”

Montreal riders began their tour at 9:30 a.m. at Bellerive Park east of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, traveled along de Maisonneuve Blvd. to Amherst St., then returned. Police allowed the demonstrators to remove their clothing 15 minutes before the ride, according to TVA.

Naked rides took place all over the world, including Madrid, London, Belfast, Austin and San Francisco.

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