For an in-depth discussion of what it is and why we do it – and a few more pix – please visit Welcome to World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles where I got this featured image from. That’s us passing the Disney Center.

There are also WNBRLA Facebook pages.

And even an article in Bicycling: 10 Tips for Rocking a Naked Bike Ride

Did it again this year. I did not want to bother registering as an official photographer and I felt as unsteady as heck trying to take pictures while moving on my bike, so this year only a few photos from the start. But don’t worry There were lots of photographers out there. We did about 18 miles in  2:45 with a break in the middle. My butt hurts.

This is officially a protest ride. Started with a small handful of people ten years ago. Now it is running 3-400 people each year. We pull a permit and cooperate with the police. Not doing anything illegal but we are doing it in an orderly fashion with traffic control so as not to get people run over or create massive traffic jams.

Some random individual wanting to just ride his bike in the buff through DTLA would probably get stopped and ordered to get dressed. Depending on how the police officer felt that day and how obnoxiously you were behaving, you could be cited for disturbing the peace or creating a traffic hazard or being a public nuisance. Or hauled off for a mental health examination, no ticket needed. Or maybe nothing at all. The city of Los Angeles does not have a law against simple nudity. (However, LA Parks and Rec does. And we were not allowed to form up in a nice comfortable grassy park because of that.)

Similar situation in LA County. The only antinudity ordinance applies to parks & beaches. (National forest land is not considered a “park” for this.) But try it in populated areas and you may get harassed by the deputies.

The State of California has a law against lewd behavior but it doesn’t apply to simple nudity. We have court rulings out here that nude is not inherently lewd. Many of the smaller cities in the Geater Metro LA area do have ordinances against simple nudity, so for example, Burbank would probably not be an easy option for a WNBR. Other communities might not have an ordinance but would not appreciate it. A few years ago someone did a WNBR in Ojai. They didn’t get ticketed but one member of the public got irate about the nudity and knocked one of the riders down. The police took no action and there was no more desire to have an Ojai WNBR again.

On the other hand, seven years ago in the WNBR-LA, there was some unprovoked violence against riders. The police investigated that as a hate crime. Since then LA has matured a bit and has come to accept it. Know your city ordinances and know your local culture. Check out this article and YouTube video.

Naked Bike Ride rolls into trouble in Echo Park

I’ve decided I need a couple things for next time. One thing I need is a lower gear. When I am going up a steep hill by myself, I can get going fast enough to keep up cadence in my bottom gear. In a crowd of bikes like this, that’s not an option. I am riding uphill at a slow walking speed, never an easy thing to do. I need a monster hill gear, something I don’t have on my 30-year-old K-Mart special ten speed doesn’t have.

Another thing I have to work out is a way to mount a camera on my bike helmet to take a picture of what I am looking at with a Bluetooth remote. I am just not coordinated enough to do it with one hand while riding. I could do a GoPro but that is a very wide angle lens. Something that looks detailed in my human vision turns into a little speck with that wide angle lens.

I’d almost kill to have a bunch of friends to do this with. Not just a bunch of random people.

 Why these bikers choose to ride out naked in Los Angeles

 

The one in Portland was huge with thousands of participants. Check out the Getty Images coverage of the event. Portland always gets all the glory and fame because they have like 10,000 participants every year.

Getty Images: World Naked Bike Ride Portland 

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Even in the conservative mid-West, we had brave souls baring it all for truth, justice, and the American Way.

Like this one in Chi-town!

 

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Photo from the Timeout Chicago website.

 

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There are WNBRs in 93 cities around the globe. Most westerners, at least, have reasonable access to one.

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Google Map for World Naked Bike Rides. It is not complete. That one in Lybia in really in Spain.

Well, I’ll be doing it all again next year and maybe be better set up. Hope to see ya!

Bay to Breakers 2018

Still more from the World Naked Bike Ride – LA 2017

Bare to Breakers, 2017

 

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