CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Talks of Cathedral City being the next city to participate in a ‘World Naked Bike Ride’ have surfaced and there are a lot of mixed comments circulating on social media.
News Channel 3’s Lauren Coronado spoke with Cathedral City’s newly sworn in mayor, Greg Pettis, who’s spear heading the effort.
"It isn't a sexual event. It's not a gay event. It is an opportunity to educate people about safety, about health living and to really enjoy themselves on a nice Springs day in the Coachella Valley," said Pettis.
And some locals agree.
“I think it’s a great idea!! I think they should do it!," said Michal Alaniz, of Cathedral City.
“I think I know a handful of people that would do it,” Brett Ferguson, of Palm Springs, added.
"Bare as you dare" is the dress code motto, according to official websites connected to the internationally recognized event. The first ‘World Naked Bike Ride’ to hit the Coachella Valley is slated for April or May of 2020, if approved, according to Pettis.
Pettis says the idea sparked while at a transportation conference in Vancouver a few years back.
“I found out it’s the number one fundraiser for the chamber of commerce in Vancouver, so of course, the light went off and I thought, 'okay what can our local charities do with that kind many?'," Pettis explained.
Pettis says Tuesday night the evening Rotary Club of Cathedral City voted to commit as one of the hosting sponsors of the ride.
“We’re looking at the beginning of CV Link. We’ll start at Vista Chino, where Ascena is. We'll come along CV Link to Ramon Rd., left on Ramon Rd. and go to Date Palm, then right on Date Palm and up toward Buddy Rogers and come in to City Hall from there,” said Pettis.
Some local cyclists say they might participate.
“Maybe if I hit the gym a little harder, a couple sit ups, I might join in,” said Trenton, a local cyclist.
Trenton says he's familiar with the ride, which is widely known as a way to educate people about healthy living and cyclist safety.
“Being out on the road and having a car pass you at 60 miles per hour, it’s scary,” Trenton said.
The community is invited to weigh in on the idea during public hearing at Cathedral City’s council meeting Wednesday night.
Pettis says he’s applied for a grant, which will pay for an event coordinator and he’ll be going to local businesses collecting donations to fund the ride. Sponsoring charities will collect money from riders participation fees according to Pettis.
City Events Manager, Chris Parman, says a special use permit will have to be issued by the city and routine coordination with local law enforcement will be necessary. Parman says no applications have been submit and If approved, the ordinance of public nudity for the bike ride will be waived.
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