World Naked Bike Ride Set for June 7
"Carfree" (not Carefree) is the motto
On June 7, cyclists in 70 cities in 25 countries will require only three pieces of gear: a bike, a white front headlight, and a red rear reflector.
That’s it, at least for those participating in the World Naked Bike Ride. Held since 2004, the event’s official dress code is “as bare as you dare.”
Event organizers in Portland, Oregon, hope to recruit more than 8,000 participants to raise awareness of cyclists and to protest against the oil-based economy. Other goals include showcasing the vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians on the streets, encouraging a healthy body image through active lifestyles, and promoting self-sufficiency through renewable energy sources, according to the ride’s website.
Those not participating in the event have expressed distaste for any sightings of disrobed cyclists. “It’s bad enough to see it as adults,” Portland resident Kathy Goertz told the Oregonian. “But kids? They could be scarred for life.”
Although some may find the event unappealing, it’s not illegal. According to the Portland Tribune, Portland Parks and Recreation signed off on a permit allowing the event, stating that the ride meets all safety and well-being criteria.
What the event lacks in clothes, it makes up for in rules. Participants must ride their bikes to the starting location, alcohol is prohibited, riders are encouraged to ride slowly, and no cameras are allowed.