Do you think the World Naked Bike Ride is appropriate? | The Tylt
The World Naked Bike Ride is almost upon us. Every year in June, around 10,000 people take to the streets of Portland on their bikes -- and without their clothes. The event organizers describe it as a ride that "highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It’s also a lot of fun and it’s free for all!" The ride has a lot of support among Portlanders, evidenced by the large number of participants and spectators at the annual event. But critics say that the naked ride is obscene and just too weird -- even for Portland. What do you think?
Do you think the World Naked Bike Ride is appropriate?
Supporters credit the ride with bringing attention to the issues around fossil fuel use and climate change -- as well as normalizing nudity and the human body.
I have always wanted to go the the World's Naked Bike Ride in Portland. Don't really understand why being naked isn't socially acceptable.— Alisha (@alishamercdes) June 27, 2016
Many critics object to the ride because they are concerned about the possibility that children might see naked adults in public.
Others criticize the participants for not being attractive enough.
We have the world naked bike ride in portland. The people you want to see nude do not ride bikes apparently.— Name cannot be blank (@k604mccoy) June 21, 2017
Anyone traveling through Portland yesterday just had their eyesight restored after the Naked Bike Ride. You need at least a leaf downtown.— Greg Brian (@Gregoriancant) June 27, 2016
But most of the city seems to find it harmlessly amusing (if a little awkward to talk about with your mom).
The most awkward one was when MY MOM posted an article about the Portland naked bike ride on Facebook.— Ben (@Ben_Etc) May 18, 2017
I was at work.
There were penises.
Are you allowed to ride those orange Nike bikes naked during the Portland Naked Bike Ride this Sat... asking for a friend— Bernie G (@FatCatBern) June 20, 2017
Life in Portland: your daily plans get thwarted by the naked bike ride at every turn. Don't come here.— Charlie Wilcox (@thechillcox) June 26, 2016
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