2009 Naked Bike Rides & Runs in Portland, Oregon | June 6 & 13

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Posted by Kodin Lanewave

June Naked Insanity: Bike Rides & Runs

Mark your calendar, get your bike in good shape, and make sure Wold Naked Bike Ride, Portland, Oregon: photo by Jonathan Mausyour seat is comfy.  The 6th annual World Naked Bike Ride is coming up on the 13th of June, 2009.  Every year, people across the globe gather together in their respective cities to ride naked.  The reason? To protest oil dependencies and demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, as well as, well, just to be naked.  Last year attendance was estimated at over 2000 naked Portlanders.  For an idea of how last year's event went, as well as pictures, check Jonathan Maus' article.

As if the original WNBR wasn't enough naked fun for you, there's the WNBR Sunny Nekkid Ride, on June 13th, as well as  the Fig Leif Naked 5k Run and 10k Off-Road Naked Bike Ride on June 13th. For those that can't make it or want to see what it's all about beforehand, the Fig Leif Naked 5k Run will have an “undress rehearsal” on June 6th.

Update from the Whiffies fried pie cart on SE Hawthorne & 12 (twitter account): I'm giving 50 free pies to the first 50 nude cyclists and Potato Champion is giving 50 free small cones. Must have a bike and be with the ride.

Dates, times, places after the break…

June 6th:

Fig Leif Naked 5k Run Undress Rehearsal
When: 7:30 PM (gathering starts 15 minutes before event start)
NW Leif Erickson Drive, Portland (500 yards beyond the entry gate at the beginning of NW Leif Erickson Dr.)

June 13th:

WNBR Sunny Nekkid Ride
When: 2:00 PM
Where: Glisan & NE 39th Ave (Joan of Arc Statue)

Fig Leif Naked 5k Run and 10k Off-Road Naked Bike Ride
When: 7:30 PM (gathering starts 15 minutes before event start)
Where: NW Leif Erickson Drive, Portland (500 yards beyond the entry gate at the beginning of NW Leif Erickson Dr.)

Pedalpalooza Kickoff Dance Party
When: 9:00 PM
Where: 2181 NW Nikolai St.
(Must come with a bike to get in, bring ID.  Cameras not allowed inside.  No outside booze allowed.)
The World Naked Bike Ride is a loop, which starts and ends at this location.  Come to dance, ride the ride, come back to continue dancing.
Bike ride starts at 11:59 PM.

We should mention that this and possibly the other events, are unsupported, meaning riders ride at their own risk.

All of the naked events are “as bare as you dare”, but you only have to be as naked as you feel comfortable.  One thing's for sure, June is going to be interesting.

* Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus.


Kodin Lanewave is an Oregon native, technophile, music lover, and staunch supporter of all things Weird in Portland. You can contact him via kodin dot lanewave at gmail dot com, and follow via Twitter @KodinLanewave.

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10 Responses to 2009 Naked Bike Rides & Runs in Portland, Oregon | June 6 & 13

  1. bretbernhoft May 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Looking forward to it!

  2. Dave May 21, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    Cant wait! Is there any need for volunteers to help set up? Who should I contact?

  3. elizabeth May 28, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    Had a great time watching and cheering on the bike ride last year on Burnside. Would like to have a bigger cheering section this year. What is the route of the midnight ride?

    • kodinlanewave May 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

      As linked to in the article: http://www.shift2bikes.org/wnbr/wnbr.html is the place to look for info.

      @Dave: Scroll down to the “We need volunteers” section for contact info and roles to be filled.

  4. meghan June 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    yes, dave! we *do* have a need for volunteers! if you’re interested in volunteering, visit the site, as kodin recommended. we have lots of interesting volunteer roles this year. i’m sure you’ll find a good one. regarding elizabeth’s comment: unfortunately, we do not post the route. join us for the ride and instead of watching the riders for 15 mins as they pass by you, you’ll get to be surrounded by them for hours! lots of live music, cheap beer and dancing at the party. it’s going to be a good night.

  5. Larry P June 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    I saw your ride today (June 13) at 20th and Sandy. Awesome! Makes me want to move to the big city where I can be myself. Go!!!
    Crooked River Ranch, OR

  6. Shana June 14, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Hi guys, I lost my camera on the ride last night (canon SD 400 – Green Case) Would so appreciate if someone found it to call me. Shana 503-752-5792.

    By the way, the ride was exilirating

  7. Tom H. June 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    I arrived at the Coe circle at about 1:20 PM. The weather was nice and calm and nearly 70 degrees. About 8 riders were there. There was 1 couple with a tandem and they were in the process of body painting. He was nude and she was wielding the brush. One other girl was there and she was not yet making any move toward stripping. 3 of the men had their tops off but no shorts off at this time, except the man being painted. Within 5 minutes 2 of the other men had their shorts off. A couple of curiosity seekers joined us and more riders arrived including several more girls/women.

    No one seemed to be in charge, which is just as well, since nearly everyone was here to do only one thing. Get naked and ride bicycles as a form of protest against imported oil. Casual observers including older women, 65 plus, were talking and friendly, asking questions. We asked them to join us especially since this group was spread across the age spectrum of 18-70. There was even a few families with children come to enjoy the activities.

    Note: This traffic circle has no crosswalk to the circle so they had to cross the busy traffic lanes to get there.

    3 young, attractive, women arrived together with large wigs and very good makeup. As some more of the men and other women began to remove more of their clothing they removed their tops. They were wearing tassels on their nipples. They had fun teasing everyone by shaking them. The couple painting themselves finished with her still wearing a bikini. She was still a bit nervous about going all of the way. I shed my riding outfit, surprisingly, this is my first attempt at public nudity. I did not feel out of place. Without exception, there was total respect of each other and the respect went both ways. The unspoken rule! No touching! This held through the ride.

    Another couple arrived on a tandem. The couple was accompanied by a toddler about 2 years old (a girl) riding in a booster seat behind the mother and a boy about 7 in a trailer bike. The little ones stayed dressed while mom and dad stripped.

    2:00 sharp and the riders began mounting up. The number of riders were approximately 50 at this time. We rode around the traffic circle twice and the traffic that was getting pretty bad by that time was stopped. The crowd, and drivers, were cheering. We went down Glisten for one light then turned left. We rode through the neighborhood and tree lined streets. There was a couple of jogs including one at a church that was having a wedding. Everyone cheered as we went by. We turned right on Hawthorne and several riders joined us, stripping on the spot and some just riding with clothes for a ways before stripping. The crowds along the commercial streets cheered as we rode by. The houses along the street were a mixed batch of observers. Most families waved and cheered us on. 2 were noted that daddy told the kids to go inside.

    We turned north on 20th and rode through to Broadway. We had a flat on one bike 1 light before Wielder and 3 guys stopped to help the young lady fix it. The main body went around the block (or a couple of blocks) and the group rejoined. We went down Broadway and one of the guard bikes was struck from behind at a light as the group went through. The Driver was stopped by the rider down. He wanted to run but was blocked. After the rider put his shorts back on the driver got out but would not shut off the engine. A fire truck arrived to check out the rider. His wheel was damaged. I think he rejoined the group at Grand Avenue. The tires and wheels were repaired at the Shell station premises. Energy drinks were provided by a distribution truck. I think the parts were delivered from a shop. At this time there were 85 riders counted.

    It was decided to ride to another parade and we proceeded to Williams avenue. Then left to Fremont. We were stalled for a couple of minutes at Mississippi. We rode past the outgoing parade going the other direction and around the block with several thousand smiling, cheering parade watchers. We tailed into the back of the parade that was only about 4 blocks long. After passing the drummers bring up the end of the parade, it was interesting watching the adults and kids riding small bikes and lowboy three wheelers running into each other while watching the big breasted women riding by nude. We stopped momentarily at the dispersion area. We then continued back to Fremont, Vancouver and to the lower Steel bridge.

    We rode along the park and behind the concessions and accumulated several more riders and runners that had been relaxing in the park, stripping and joining us. We stopped at the fountain where may of the riders left while the rest went to Pioneer square.

    A Fantastic ride.

  8. Biscuit September 16, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    My fiance and I did the sunny naked ride this year on our green tandem. There were a few people with cameras who assured us photos wouldn’t appear on the internet, except I wanted copies! Didn’t get a chance to get anyone’s contact info. If anyone who was on that ride sees this and has photos, would you please please please get in touch with me? Thanks!

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