Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride Draws Thousands

Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride was huge success on Saturday night drawing a crowd of thousands of riders and a large number of onlookers to cheer on and support the riders on the same day that Portland had it’s annual Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade which also drew huge crowds. Although the exact route the bicycle event takes each year is not published and something of a last minute surprise, this year’s event took place in  NorthEast Portland at Normandale Park at 56th and Halsey. This was more controversial than usual because the family park is popular for kid’s softball league games and other family events. But, neighbors made the best of it, with some young women wearing bikini tops or even one neighbor who appeared to walk outside naked that lived across from the park to offer moral support to the riders. One neighbor even set up a drink stand in their front yard to sell lemonade drinks while a neighborhood bar with outside seating looked more busy than usual.  There were some concerns that this NorthEast Portland neighborhood might be more socially conservative than more socially liberal SouthEast Portland where the bike ride usually takes place. But, neighbors seemed very supportive and turned out in strong numbers to support the riders.

Both onlookers as well as bike riders were in a festive mood and appeared happy and full of fun. Bike riders started the ride slowly from the park which seemed much safer than some past years where too fast of a ride might have resulted in some pile-up  accidents in previous years. There was no sign of public drinking either, which had caused problems in some other countries such as Australia before. Riders seemed very responsible this year, more conscious of safety than some previous years, determined to have a safe good time and to only bring good publicity to the event as critics this year looked for some reasons to prevent next year’s event if problems took place this year. If anything, it looked like neighbors of Normandale Park actually enjoyed this ride just as much as the riders.

Even Portland Police officers who are part of the motorcycle traffic patrol were in a good mood, as one good natured police officer won over the crowd when he told them that there “was nothing to see here”, as the officers prepared to move on and protect the riders safety through intersections as they traveled up towards Sandy Blvd. towards a location that might end somewhere on Mississippi Street in NorthEast Portland according to one possible report.

Organizers of the event had to be very pleased at the turnout which included more women this year than past years, as well better attention to rider safety, avoiding the problems such as alcohol abuse among the riders that got the event banned in some other world cities.

Police stated before the event that any Portland ban on public nudity would not be enforced because this event was seen as one part of a political protest event against air pollution and automobiles and deserved to have constitutional protection, and  any offended neighbors should simply close their blinds and watch TV or a movie and ignore the event.

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  • Irv Spielberg

    [The "nekked" parade reminded me of this recently spotted web bit!]

    USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans

    Is there a connection between beautiful New England and entire American cities turned into smoking rubble? There is.

    Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a “sin” city (San
    Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.

    Oddly it’s been the place where America started that’s wanted to be the
    first place to help bring about the end of America and its values! It’s
    been a Nor’easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill the end time “days
    of Lot” predicted in Luke 17) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in
    2004.
    New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay
    Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God
    dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land
    of the Great Awakening to God’s Future Shakening that will make the
    Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
    The
    same Nor’easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington
    State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to
    celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks
    can share in lava-land!
    The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to
    the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten
    because of same-sexism – including American cities – a scenario I’ll
    have to accept since I can’t create my own universe and decree rules for
    it.
    I’ve just been analyzing the world’s terminal “religion”
    that has its “god,” its accessories, its “rites,” and even a flag. It’s
    an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight
    for – and even die for!
    Want more facts? Google “God to
    Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Universal GAYety is Coming,” “FOR GAYS ONLY:
    Jesus predicted,” ” ‘Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality’ – When Gays
    Have Birthdays…,” “Harvey Milk Stamped ‘Out’ Forever” and “The
    Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”

  • ljcarolyne

    Sturgis has that kind of crap as well. My X went to Sturgis, and that is one, among other things, he is my X. To each his/her own, some things should be respected. OMO naked bike riding seems not to be respectful in any way. Nasty!