World Naked Bike Ride
From Portland Afoot
The World Naked Bike Ride is an annual clothing-optional event in Portland that marks the single largest event of PedalPalooza, the city's bicycling festival each June. It's a major effort by Shift, the local bike-fun collective that organizes PedalPalooza, and of Shift's fiscal agent Umbrella.
Many riders do not ride fully naked, instead wearing underwear, shorts, or sometimes capes and other costumes.
According to Lillian Karabaic, a Shift volunteer and organizer of the event, the Portland Police Bureau donates a parade permit to the event because, she said, "it's going to happen with or without a permit" and the bureau has decided that it's safer to have the event permitted and streets blocked off.
The event is one of many affiliated rides around the world.
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