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Portland's Naked Bike Ride hits city streets Saturday


Thousands of Portlanders will get naked and hop on their bikes Saturday night for the World Naked Bike Ride.

The ride leaves from the South Park Blocks at 10 p.m., but organizers aren't releasing any other details about the seven-mile route.

Last year, 4,200 naked bike riders took over city streets in southeast and southwest neighborhoods like Richmond, Sunnyside, Laurelhurst, Buckman and downtown.

If you're thinking about stripping down and joining the naked cyclists, there's no need to register for the ride. Just show up - sans clothing - and ride. Donations are accepted at the start. And don't worry, FOX 12 is forecasting a dry night.

Event organizers received a city permit for the event, and police ask riders to at least wear a helmet and shoes in order to avoid injuries. They also recommend using bike lights.

As for the legality of, you know, riding around on a bike completely naked, police point to city code regarding indecent exposure:

It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex.

However, police said they'll be exercising "tremendous discretion" as long as bike riders stay on the route with the rest of the riders.

According to the Naked Bike Ride website, the biggest turnout for the Naked Bike Ride came in 2010 when 7,000 people participated.

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