Cyclists bare all in naked ride through Portland

Cyclists bare all in naked ride through Portland »Play Video
Naked cyclists ride through downtown Portland in this image that has been purposefully blurred.

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than a thousand nude cyclists took to the streets overnight in downtown Portland for the Naked Bike Ride.

It started at the stroke of midnight on Northwest Nicolai Street. The cyclists then rolled through downtown with plenty of onlookers cheering them on. Not every cyclist bared it all but many did. Police controlled traffic at intersections and kept an eye out on the event. It is not illegal in the city to ride a bike in the nude.

The ride is a worldwide event to protest against dependency on cars and foreign oil.

"It has everything from art bikes, freak bikes of all sorts, double stacks, triple stacks, side cars, choppers, regular cyclists, everything," said cyclist Dutch Paglia. "It comes together."

Portland's naked ride claims to be the largest in North America.