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dateline: 11 June 2013

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Naked Cyclists Rally In Mexico City

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • rally: gather together to fight or bring awareness to an issue
  • onlooker: someone who is watching rather than participating
  • movement: a series of protests, rallies, or gatherings related to the need for change
  • fragile: easily damaged; breakable
  • motorist: driver in a powered vehicle

Naked Cyclists Rally In Mexico City

A rally to bring awareness to the dangers and of cycling took place in Mexico City over the weekend. Hundreds of naked or semi-naked cyclists rode their bikes through , giving onlookers a reason to stop. World Naked Bike Ride Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about health, the , and road safety. The movement began in Vancouver, Canada in 2004, and has taken place in 29 cities since then. Cyclists who take part say that riding naked helps show how fragile the is. Cycling can be extremely dangerous in places like Mexico City where cyclists with millions of motorists.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the first World Naked Bike Day take place?
  2. What is the purpose of the rally?
  3. What is the significance of being nude or semi-nude?

Discussion Question:
Do cyclists deserve more respect in the city or town you live in? Do you feel comfortable driving alongside cyclists? What about riding alongside motorists?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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