8.09.2015

The message behind naked bike ride

June 27, 2015 has certainly been a memorable day for nudists in Portland. This was the day when thousands of Portlanders came together to participate in the Annual Portland World Naked Bike Ride. While many people had participated in the event for fun, others were there to give a social message.
This was not only a platform for people to meet nudists but also make people aware about our increasing dependence on fossil fuels. This was the message published on the official website: “We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy.”

The moment was initiated in 2004 and since then people bare it all to participate in this event. In addition to protesting against the increasing use of fossil fuels, this event also shows the naked body in positive light and preaches about the safety of riders. Stephen Upchurch, one of the main organizers of this bike ride said, “We want people to feel good in their body, to have fun in their body. That's one of the things we're concerned with. We want people to feel like they can have fun in their body and have a great time with each other. Our ride is anti-body shaming.”
Upchurch said that an average person is a lot more vulnerable when he / she is naked and isn't surrounded by a ‘metal box’. He also said that although such bike rides were organized in different parts of the world earlier, lack of a hierarchical system and little coordination never made such events successful.

The organizers of the event also passed out banners and slogans to the participants to spread the message effectively. In addition to bike rides, there have been several rallies, marathons, marches and walks that had a motive and message. Since the time the event began in 2004, this event organized in Portland had a message and had seen participation of hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe.

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