PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Bicyclists will bare as much as they dare for Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride next month.
Organizers revealed Thursday that this year’s ride will start at Laurelhurst Park.
Kicking off just before 9 p.m. on June 29th, bicyclists wearing as much or as little clothing as they choose will roll out en masse along a 6-mile route that won’t be disclosed ahead of time.
Officers from the Portland Police Bureau will manage car traffic to keep both drivers and bicyclists safe throughout the night.
The World Naked Bike Ride takes place in dozens of cities in various countries around the world each year.
It began as a protest against society’s dependency on oil, with bicyclists using the event as a way to draw attention to human-powered modes of transportation as a way to lessen our carbon footprint.
Today, the ride still focuses on that ideal but those who participate may do so for a slew of various reasons. Many celebrate things like body image positivity, self-awareness, local cycling businesses, relaxed lifestyles and community building.
While nudity in the city of Portland is banned in a public place “open or available to persons of the opposite sex,” nudity as a form of protest is protected under state law.