Protect the Jewels: The 2014 World Naked Bike Ride in LA Is Here

From our perspective, it sounds more painful—at least for males—than it does pleasurable. But nonetheless, World Naked Bike Ride will be happening on June 14 and everyone, including those whose balls are not made of steel, is encouraged to partake in the Los Angeles version of the event, set to begin in Echo Park.

While we have the feeling that indecent exposure to vehicle emissions is just a tad worse than indecent exposure to unkempt nether-regions, the point of the 11-year-old event is not just nakedness but freedom. After all, riders are encouraged to wear as little or as much as they want.

“We ride in celebration and jubilation to deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses.”

The organizers of the event are quite forthright in their philosophy:

“We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to the dependance on oil and other forms of non-renewable energy.”

Last year’s event brought about hundreds of scantily clad pedal-ers (and to say there wasn’t some form of drama is putting it lightly) as they rode from Echo Park to Chinatown, which appears to be the same route this year.

If you have no fear of getting punched, having anti-gay epithets thrown your way, and have no shame in showing of what nature has bestowed upon you, then you can RSVP here. http://worldnakedbikeride-la.org/2014.php

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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