Gear Up For This Year's World Naked Bike Ride Through DTLA And Echo Park
People are going on a naked bike ride next week, and you can join them. World Naked Bike Ride is a global event occurring on June 14. It began in 2004—though there are a surprising amount of other naked cycling events—to bring awareness to the "indecent exposure" of car emissions, as well as the dangers of being a biker in a world of cars.
Last year, around 250 biked naked around L.A. (You can check out our photos from last year here.) This year, interested bikers are asked to RSVP online. You'll get an invitation to the meeting point where you can paint on some 'clothes'—or not—and then go on your breezy cruise. The meetup is at noon and the ride starts at 2:30 pm. All activity will be in the DTLA/Echo Park area.
You don't have to be naked to participate. In fact, you can wear as much or as little as you like. Police in previous rides have been asked not to cite or arrest anyone who is not 'flaunting' their nudity or doing anything lewd.
The event has not always been without incident. Last year, some angry pedestrians who didn't appreciate the free show punched a guy. In 2011, a driver punched a man and riders were called anti-gay slurs. In 2012, The Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch asked L.A. to ban the "grotesque" event.
Most humans, however, seem to realize that seeing a butt flash by won't hurt them and enjoy the parade.