Photos: Hundreds Of Angelenos Strip Down For The Annual World Naked Bike Ride
The annual World Naked Bike Ride cruised through Los Angeles on Saturday, and even that's pretty much what it sounds like. More than 400 people stripped down to whatever level of nakedness they felt comfortable with (ranging from full-frontal to tasteful loincloth-type situations; topless to bottomless), hopped on their bikes, and took a chill ride through town.
According to Facebook, this year's route had two stages: the first was about 5 miles long, and wound from through downtown Los Angeles. "Stage II" was 13 miles, and stretched along the L.A. River Bike Path. There were police escorts on motorcycles making sure things went smoothly and safely, as well as ice cream and taco trucks to provide sustenance; you can work up an appetite (naked) biking!
So why ride naked? Besides the simple fact that it just might feel good, it's also done to raise awareness to the "indecent exposure" of pollution caused by cars. The World Naked Bike Ride website says they strip down for the ride "in celebration and jubilation to deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses." Right on.
Here's a video of the cyclists rolling through Chinatown: