Portland’s Naked Bike Ride: What you need to know

One of the thousands of naked bike riders in Portland, June 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
One of the thousands of naked bike riders in Portland, June 8, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Thousands of naked bodies are about to zoom through Portland — oh yes, it’s World Naked Bike Ride time again.

If you’re new to the event, Saturday’s ride could understandably be a little shocking. And even if you’re a seasoned WNBR vet, some questions may still linger.

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Here’s to helping you understand one of the world’s biggest nude events:

What is it?

That’s an easy one. The World Naked Bike Ride is an annual ride that takes place all over the world.

Naked Bike Ride Growth

People strip down — though that part’s certainly not mandatory — and enjoy a breezy cruise with their not-so-bashful counterparts.

Portland’s version takes place in June, and has since 2004. It doesn’t cost a thing, and it boasts more riders just about every year.

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In 2013 alone, Portland’s WNBR branch boasted 8,150 known riders, nearly double 2012’s turnout.

But why?

A bit more complicated. Participants do it for different reasons, and the primary purpose for the event has slightly morphed as the event has grown.

Originally a protest against oil dependency, many riders now take part to promote cycling and encourage a car-free lifestyle.

Promoting positive body image and healthy lifestyles is also an emphasis.

Wait, is this legal?

The Portland World Naked Bike Ride. June, 2013 (KOIN 6)
The Portland World Naked Bike Ride. June, 2013 (KOIN 6)

Actually, yes. In Portland, specifically, nudity is allowed as long as it’s not considered “indecent.” Basically don’t be lewd or obscene and you’re in the clear.

A 2008 ruling solidified naked riders’ rights in Portland, so again, act within the law, have fun and you’ll be just fine.

What’s the route?

If we knew, we’d tell you. Unfortunately, it’s not disclosed until the ride’s about to start.

When and where is this thing happening?

Glad you asked. This year’s ride begins at Normandale Park. Riders are asked to get to the park sometime around 8 p.m. (biking there is suggested), with the actual start set for 9 p.m.

Have more questions? Check out pdxwnbr.org’s FAQ page for an extended Q&A.

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