Maybe nothing can truly prepare innocent bystanders for scores of naked people overtaking Philadelphia’s streets, but get as ready as you can: The Philly Naked Bike Ride will return September 10th.
Wheels will whiz at 5 p.m., starting at a location to be announced just one day before the mass bike ride. At 3:30 p.m., ride organizers will host “pre-ride festivities,” where riders can get their bodies painted and purchase water and “PNBR swag.”
This is the eighth annual ride, where bikers are encouraged to wear as much or as little as they please in the name of positive body image, cycling advocacy and transportation alternatives. It’s a Philly classic — and who could forget last year’s event, when the swarm of naked bikers photobombed a newly wed couple’s photoshoot?
Bikers are free to “bare as you dare,” but encouraged to carry their clothes with them in case they need to make any stops. PNBR organizers also advise riders to wrap their seats if they plan on going naked — as it’s not the most comfortable experience otherwise. And seat-wrapping is strongly recommended for those renting Indego bikes.
Organizers are expecting between 2,000 and 4,000 participants this year. The ride typically lasts two to three hours and covers 10 miles at a slow, “conversational” pace.
Organizers will release further information about the ride as it nears on their website and Facebook event page. Those interested in volunteering on the day of the ride can sign up here.
The bike ride is free to all. Riders don’t need to register, unless you plan to take photos. Participants are encouraged to attend the pre-ride, but they can join the ride at any time, on any street.
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