Police offer tips for those offended by naked bike riders

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

PORTLAND — Thousands of nude bicyclists will flood Portland’s streets June 7 during the World Naked Bike Ride. But what if you want to protect your eyes from the onslaught of skin that doesn’t usually see the light of day?

Portland police spoke to KGW about the ride and offered tips for what people should do if they’re offended by the riders in the buff.

Police said anyone who doesn’t want to come in contact with naked bike riders should stay indoors during the ride, pull the shades down and put the kids to bed. They also suggested watching a movie or turning up some music to avoid hearing the revelry.  

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For their part, neighbors near what is usually the bike ride route were upset that this year’s route isn’t being publicized and that cops allow the normally illegal full-frontal nudity in public one day a year.

“Arguably, the Oregon Supreme Court or the court system could say, ‘Your application of the public indecency law to arrest people here is unconstitutional,’" said Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

Still, neighbors said they plan on collecting signatures for a petition to make changes to next year’s ride.

"I'm not accustomed to seeing naked people," said Portland resident Kathy Goertz.

Ride organizers said they are working closely with the city and don't release the ride route for a reason.

"We've never tried to be an inconvenience to people," said Meghan Sinnott.  "We don't publicize the route because, honestly, it would cause more issues for the city and people of Portland."

KGW Reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report.

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