Bicyclists strip for 2019 World Naked Bike Ride

Human Interest

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Bicyclists bared as much as they dared for Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride Saturday night.

This year’s ride started at Laurelhurst Park just before 9 p.m. Then, bicyclists wearing as much or as little clothing as they choose rolled out en masse along a 6-mile route that wasn’t disclosed ahead of time.

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.

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.

There are several parties around Portland after the Naked Bike Ride — although participants will have to add some layers (or at least shoes) to attend a few.

After party details

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Twitter News Widget

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss