If you’re brave enough to let it all hang out, get ready for the clothing-optional World Naked Bike Ride 2019. The head-turning bike fest—a global grassroots movement that began in 2004—is taking over L.A. with its bare-as-you-dare dress code to fight “indecent exposure to cars.” If you can look past the nudity, the Los Angeles bike ride’s primary stated goal is to advocate for car independence and human power to change our current car-driven society. That and to bring joy back to transportation via cycling. But make no mistake: The nudity is a major part of the ride and is a celebration of body positivity, strength, and respect and acceptance for every human being.
When is the World Naked Bike Ride 2019 in Los Angeles?
The ride takes place Saturday, June 22. Traditionally, the meet-up starts at noon and the ride begins at 2:30pm.
Where does the ride take place?
The exact location is often released on both the WNBRLA website and Facebook page on the eve of the bike ride. You’ll find two routes: a short one in the morning followed by a longer one in the afternoon (usually somewhere through Downtown L.A. and Echo Park).
In keeping with the event’s anti-car sentiment, organizers suggest disembarking at one of four Metro stops, in order of closest (.4 miles) to farthest (1.4 miles): Pico/Aliso Station on the Gold Line, Union Station from the Gold/Purple/Red Lines, Little Tokyo/Arts District Station on the Gold Line, Chinatown Metro Station on the Gold Line.
Do I need to pre-register, and how much is it?
All participants will register in-person on the day of the event, and be debriefed on this year’s rules. As for the cost, the bike ride is completely free. However, WNBRLA does kindly ask for donations to help cover costs, from traffic escorts and porta potties to wristbands, spare loaner bikes and more. To donate, click here.
How nude is nude? And do I have to strip down to ride?
We’re talking bare butts on bicycle seats and delicate bits flopping in the breeze. But the dress code is officially “bare as you dare.” Feel free to partake as fully clothed or nude as you feel comfortable. WNBRLA encourages body paint and other creative expression but strictly prohibits fetish gear and genital jewelry and accessories. Also: no erections.
So, how is this legal?
Public nudity is legal—sort of. Baring your nude body in a lewd manner that clearly has sexual or offensive intentions is illegal, however, hence WNBRLA’s rules above.
What if I don’t have a bike?