Every year cyclists gather at a specified location in Portland and ride their bikes nude to protest against society’s dependence on oil. The ride originated behind that idea, but today many people ride to promote cycling as a viable mode of transportation and fun activity. Some of the top reasons people ride are to help save the planet by promoting a car-free lifestyle, to reduce negative environmental impacts, body image/self awareness, self-sufficiency and community-building.
The World Naked Bike Ride began in Portland in 2004 with just 125 riders participating in the peaceful protest. Over the years it has grown immensely with over 10,000 riders who participated in 2014. This year is expected to have the most participants ever in Portland.
The 2015 ride starts at Colonel Summers park and the route isn’t announced until it starts. We encourage cyclists who are participating to stay safe by not drinking alcohol and riding, wearing helmets, and using bike lights. It is important for cars and bicyclists to share the road and look for each other to prevent accidents and injuries.