Police to Naked Bike Riders: Wear helmets

Police to Naked Bike Riders: Wear helmets

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Naked cyclists take part in the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) to protest against cars, gas emissions from cars and agressive drivers, in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 9, 2012.

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

PORTLAND -- The World Naked Bike Ride is scheduled in Portland this weekend and police have asked riders to ensure that at least their heads and feet are covered.

The ride is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Saturday in the South Park Blocks. Nearly 8,000 people took part in the same ride last year, according to Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Extra officers will be on hand to ensure everyone is safe, and to help guide the riders through intersections, Simpson said.

According to Portland City Code, "It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex." But Simpson said there are exceptions under Oregon law.

"Although many participants may violate City Code, the police bureau will be exercising tremendous discretion as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders," he explained.

"The Portland Police Bureau recommends that at a bare minimum all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries," he added. "Bike lights are also recommended."

The ride is permitted and traffic will be affected throughout much of Southeast and Southwest Portland.

The Portland Art Museum will open its doors for WNBR participants at 8 p.m. Admission to the museum is $1 per article of clothing. The ride is free to join.

Click for more from World Naked Bike Ride Portland (Website contains graphic content.)

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