VIDEO: World Naked Bike Ride Tonight
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The World Naked Bike Ride is tonight. The "oh so Portland" bike ride is set to roll through the streets of Portland Satar 9:00 p.m. The ride begins at Mt. Scott Park, located at 5530 Southeast Harold Street. The protest ride will be a six mile loop throughout the city.
According to event organizers, they estimated the number of participants who rode last year at nearly 10,000 and expect more this year.
The Portland Police Bureau will have officers dedicated to the event this evening to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections. There may be short traffic delays and drivers or non-participants are asked in advance for their patience.
The party at the White Owl is clothing optional, as are the parties at all of the following venues on the night of the World Naked Bike Ride:
Portland City Code 14A.40.030 (Indecent Exposure) states the following:
It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex.
Although many participants may violate Portland City Code, the Police Bureau will be exercising discretion as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders. People who "start early" and potentially disrupt other neighborhood events not associated with the official ride may not receive the same discretion.
At a bare minimum, the Portland Police Bureau recommends that riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. Bike lights are also highly recommended for riders as well as plenty of water or fluids.