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World Naked Bike Ride Rolls Through DTLA And Echo Park

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It's that wonderful time of year again where you can feel completely free, so much so that you're not even weighed down by clothing as you ride your bike. The annual World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles (WNBR LA) is gearing up to take place on June 27.

Last year, 300 bike riders attended the event. The free ride will kick off in downtown Los Angeles and mostly take place in that area and Echo Park. It's not just limited to bikes though, as you can feel free to also skate or rollerblade through the route. Everyone is welcome to show up as naked as they'd like. You can be completely nude, topless, wear cut-off shorts if you feel like a never-nude, or even be fully clothed if you feel so inclined. Body paint is also encouraged as there will be body-painting stations at the festival.

The reason this ride exists is to spread the idea of body freedom and body positivity, getting us all to appreciate body types of all shapes and sizes, according to the WNBR LA website. It's also a way to promote the use of bicycles in transportation instead of relying just on cars. But keep in mind that this is in no way a sexual bike ride, so keep your cock rings, fetish gear or genital jewelry at home. That also means no boners allowed. However, we're all human and if that accidentally happens, they suggest keeping your pants on hand so you can cover up until it goes away.

LAPD is aware of the festival and the route the group is taking. Police in previous rides have been asked not to cite or arrest anyone who is not 'flaunting' their nudity or doing anything lewd. As long as you stick to the route that the group is taking, then you should be fine.

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However, the rides don't always go without incident. A man punched a bike rider at the 2013 WNBR LA, and another dicey situation took place in 2011 where angry drivers punched some riders, and used anti-gay slurs.

The festival kicks off at noon and the bike ride starts at 2:30 p.m. You won't get the location of the starting point until closer to the date of the festival. To get that address sent to you, just RSVP for here.

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