It is time for the World Naked Bike Ride, when unclothed bicyclists fill the streets of Portland Saturday evening, following a prearranged, undisclosed route.
The event, which has been happening in Portland for almost 10 years, is a celebration of the bicycle and human body. To some participants, it is an opportunity to demonstrate against dependence on oil. To others, it is an occasion to emphasize the vulnerability of the individual bicyclist in traffic. For others, the goal is to display the aesthetics of the body and the bicycle, both of which can be painted and decorated in colors, shapes and messages.
The motivation for the ride is up to the individual. This is a nonprofit, volunteer-run event, and there is room for interpretation. Riders should plan to bring clothes and any belongings on their bike. Ride will not finish the same place as it starts.
Organizers of this event plan for months ahead to make it move as smoothly as possible. Since it takes place in the evening, traffic disruption is minimal.
The WNBR is free to participants, legal and a lot of fun. If you have ever dreamed of taking off your clothes and riding your bike to amaze and delight the public, you will find it is not only possible but also exhilarating. The motto is: Bare as you dare. That means each rider chooses the level of nudity they are comfortable with.
The WNBR is organized by members of Shift in Portland and sponsored as a 501.C3 by Umbrella, a local organization.
The same evening on June 8, the Portland Art Museum will be open from 8 pm to 10 pm for its Cyclepedia exhibit.
- What: World Naked Bike Ride
- When: June 8, 2013
- Time: Assemble starting at 8 pm, ride starts at 10 pm
- Distance: Approx 7 miles, one hour of riding
- Start: Portland Park Blocks, in front of art museum
- Who: Anyone is invited
- Cost: free, donations are welcome