They're all for citywide use – but not this particular weekend

By Diana Pearl
Updated July 10, 2015 05:20 PM
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Clam chowder, Harvard yard, the Red Sox and the World Naked Bike Race: it’s a collection of Boston’s finest.

But one Boston-based company isn’t thrilled at the prospect of being involved with the last item on that list.

This weekend, for the sixth year, Beantown will host the annual World Naked Bike Race. And although many participants do choose to wear clothing, Hubway, Metro Boston’s bike sharing program, is asking Bostonians to avoid stripping and biking – at least, if they’re planning on using Hubway bikes.

They’re so serious about this message that the company took to the Boston Globe to ask riders to “please wear clothes” if they choose to use a Hubway bike to partake in the race.

“For the love of all that is decent, please consider the other riders,” said Hubway spokesperson Benjy Kantor. “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.”

Not to rain on anyone’s naked bike-riding parade, but we have to admit: We agree.