Northwest Portland

Police will use 'tremendous discretion' during Naked Bike Ride

Police will use 'tremendous discretion' during Naked Bike Ride
FILE: 2012 World Naked Bike Ride in downtown Portland. © Kyle Helstein of Happy Robot Photography.

PORTLAND, Ore. - You may want to shield your eyes this weekend - or gawk - depending on your inclination.

The World Naked Bike Ride will roll through Portland Saturday night.

Police say they are ready for a mass of cyclists riding around town in their birthday suits.

Of course, being naked in public is illegal here in Portland. The Portland Police Bureau points out City Code 14A.40.030 (Indecent Exposure), which states the following:

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.

However, the police bureau said officers will simply "exercise tremendous discretion" during the ride as long as people stay on the route. The event is a permitted one.

For safety reasons, police do want to advise riders to at least wear a helmet and shoes and make sure their bikes have lights.

The event starts at 10 p.m. and traffic will likely be a mess in several areas, specifically downtown Portland and the Kerns, West Buckman, Lloyd, Sullivan's Gulch and Laurelhurst neighborhoods.

Event organizers say last year almost 8,000 people participated.