This year’s Portland installment of the World Naked Bike Ride will kick off at Mt. Scott Park (SE 74th Ave and Knight St) on Saturday, June 25, at 8 pm with kickoff at 9 pm!
It’s the second year in a row the ride has started in southeast Portland. Last year it began at Colonel Summers Park off S.E. Belmont, drawing 10,100 people. In 2014, an impressive 10,000 showed up at Normandale Park in northeast Portland, while the event took over the southwest Park blocks around the Portland Art Museum in 2013, attracting 8,150 riders.
The ride, conceived in 2003 by Canadian activist Conrad Schmidt, is officially a protest – against our dependence on oil and for cyclist safety on the road. Participants also often strip to promote body positivity, or take up an unrelated cause of their own.
“I do think that it’s important for people to realize that protests can be fun,” Meghan Sinnott, an organizer of the ride, said in 2015. “I think that this one proves the point on that.”