So big, group-style, naked bike rides are a thing now?
Sure are, and they have been for awhile.
In fact this will be the 6th year in a row Los Angeles will host a World Naked Bike Ride, and the 8th since 2004. WNBR Los Angeles is part of a larger body (no pun intended) of World Naked Bike Rides that span all over the globe, with a mission to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses.”
2014’s event had somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 riders, and this year the ride will begin in downtown Los Angeles and carve a route over to Echo Park.
WNBR L.A. is welcome to anyone who wants to show up and riders are encouraged to be as ‘bare as you dare’ though nudity is optional. Body paint is also enthusiastically recommended (there will be stations at the event).
In terms of the legality of such a ride (if you’re wondering if you’ll be cited for participating) there is a legalese section on the WNBR website that is currently empty, but according to LAist the LAPD is aware of the festival and that during previous rides they have been asked not to cite or arrest anyone who is not ‘flaunting’ their nudity or doing anything lewd.
Basically you can be naked as long as you keep it clean and stay with the group.
The date for the ride has been set for Saturday, June 27, with a festival to begin at noon and the bike ride getting underway at 2:30pm. Starting location is still TBD. Participation is free!
If you’re interested, RSVP here and they’ll send you an update with the exact details in the days leading up to the event.