10,000 Naked People Riding Bikes in Protest

What do you get when a critical mass bike ride rolls into a nudist camp? Well, in Portland this week you got something of that kind of amalgam as an estimated 10,000 riders participated in the 2012 World Naked Bike Ride. To show the “vulnerability of bicyclists in traffic” and “decry society’s dependence on pollution-based transport,” riders came out, stripped down, and pedaled bare-butt and in unity in what from photos on BikePortland appears to have been a rolling Woodstock-type event. Said one participant, “I saw so many beautiful and happy people. My face is still sore from smiling.” No reports yet on crashes or road-rash incidents involving unmentionable parts. —Stephen Regenold

2012 World Naked Bike Ride

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.