What to Expect
This year will be different. Unlike in previous years, this year we will be encouraging cyclists to protest on the full moons during June, July, and August. Head out whenever you’re ready and ride wherever you’d like — in the buff!
Do not ride drunk. The police can arrest you for that, and even if they don’t it’s just a stupid thing to do.
Ride at your own risk and watch where you’re going. Be careful. Be sober.
Mask up. Yes, we recognize that gathering outside is far safer than hanging out with people indoors. We also realize that many of us are vaccinated (yay!), but we are responsible for the safety of our community and therefore request that everyone who rides this year in the buff please wear a mask.
We’re using nudity as a way to draw attention to cycling, and the folly of oil dependency. We hope motorists will begin to suspect cyclists have more fun, and hence maybe they don’t need their cars as much as they thought. See the www.worldnakedbikeride.org web site for more socio-political propaganda.
It’s also good, goofy fun.
About Your Bike
Ride the bike you have. Don’t obsess over the hardware; any bike will work.
If you have multiple bikes (and aren’t loaning out the extras to friends) then we recommend a fat-tire mountain bike or cruiser over a superskinny-tire road bike. This is because fat tires are less likely to get a flat, or slip on railroad tracks or a steel grate bridge. Might be a bit cushier to ride, too. But really any bike that works for riding will work just fine.
You should bring a spare tube. If your bike doesn’t have quick-release skewers, then you should also bring wrenches that fit your bike’s lug nuts. If convenient, you should also bring a pump and tire levers.
Legally, your bike must have a white headlight in front, and a red reflector or red light in the rear. This is important!
Frequently Asked Questions
Before the ride, you can contact us via these channels:
And please remember to tag photos with #pdxwnbr.
How much should I strip down? The dress code is officially “As bare as you dare.” Typically it’s shoes and maybe a helmet. But really, there is no consensus – shoes and a helmet make some happy, while others add some combination of a bra, underwear, and/or stockings. Strip down to whatever level will maximize your fun. We wouldn’t presume to tell you what that level is.
Won’t I get cold? Yes. You’ll start off cold, but we promise you won’t feel cold one you ride, you’ll just feel a rush. Typically we get a temperature around 60 degrees with light wind.
What can I do to stay warm? Wearing shoes and a helmet help. Big socks. Arm warmers (old socks with the toes snipped off). Maybe a Superman cape. Sadly, we haven’t figured out a way to use those chemical hand warmers while naked, though they sound like they’d be great.
Isn’t this illegal? Though some Portland citizens may wish it was, it’s not. See The Law. Since this is a protest, it’s protected by Oregon’s constitution. Nudity as a form of protest is protected, but lewd behavior, as defined by Oregon law, is not. Please don’t be lewd, obscene, or engage in any sexual activity – that is an arrestable offense.
What if I see a cop? Say, “Thank you!”
Can I participate without a bike? We’ve had skateboarders, rollerbladers, people on scooters, and joggers join the protest before. Anything human-powered is welcome.
Can I rent a bike? Yes! There are plenty of establishments like Portland Bicycle Tours where you can rent for a few days, or you can rent a BIKETOWN bike for a few hours.
Where is the start? There is no start location this year. Everyone will kick off the ride where they’re at.
When should I ride? There is no start time this year. Everyone decides when they want to ride.
What’s the route? There is no public route, per usual. And unlike in past years when we’ve been excited to amass a large crowd, we cannot coordinate the gathering of riders this year. If you spy other naked cyclists, ring your bell and holler “Happy World Naked Bike Ride!,” but do not ride with them without their permission or without a mask.
Wait… When is it? June 24th, July 23rd, and August 22nd 2021