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Date: Saturday 7 June 2014
Time: 9pm
Location: Normandale Park (NE 57th & Halsey)

Officially, Portland has at least two naked rides (one or more day time rides and the world's largest ride on saturday night) and usually someone also organizes a daytime naked run. See the Pedalpalooza Calendar for details on those other events.

The big ride starts from Normandale Park at NE 57th and Halsey, and this year will NOT be a loop.

Gathering (and getting psyched and arted up) will begin around 8pm and the ride kicks off at 9pm. The Police will be on hand to block off the parade route and encourage civility and safe interactions between motorists and cyclists, and as always, have the authority to arrest anyone doing something stupid. Don't drink and ride, don't urinate in public, and don't be lewd.

We counted over 8,000 riders last year,

There is no admission fee for the gathering or the ride. We will have portapotties, and maybe some food vendors. We will have uniformed security guards, volunteers wearing orange and blue sashes, and with a vigilant community, we attempt to create a "safe" space. We request that people not take photos in the park, unless they have the consent of the photographed individuals (this is actually a request of anyone no matter where they are!). See the PDX WNBR web page for further details of this year's event, and Your First Naked Ride for a narrative of what a typical Portland-style WNBR is like.

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2014

This year's big ride left from Normandale Park in Northeast portland and the entire ride stayed on the east side of town, skipping the ever-popular-with-spectators, ever-fraught-with-harassment downtown bar/strip club area. We cruised through residential NE Portland, down the Alberta strip, and through the Mississippi social area before ending underneath the freeway near the bottom of mississippi. There was an official afterparty sponsored by the Portland Mercury and Red Bull. We counted around 9000 riders in the video from this year (which we believe to be within 200 +/- of the total starting count - the camera was placed near the start but after most possible route deviations this year). It was a positive year for fundraising, press, and neighbor relations. As in previous years, the Portland police were instrumental in our safe, unimpeded passage through town.

2013

This year's big ride left from the portland art museum at 10pm on saturday 8 jun, rode through downtown and ended up under the hawthorne bridge on the eastside waterfront. Our camera counted 8,150 riders going past the start point but hundreds did not start from the official start point, so closer to 9-10 thousand folks participated this year. The art museum's exhibits were about bikes and nontraditional body shapes, which dovetailed nicely with some of the WNBR's mission statement of body positive biking, and the museum helped fundraise for the event's expenses and much fun was had by all. As in previous years, the Portland police were instrumental in our safe, unimpeded passage through town.

2012

The ride left the gathering spot at Salmon ave & Water st at 10pm on Saturday 16 Jun (no party, just a safe space for gathering) at 10pm, rode approximately 7 miles, and looped back to to the starting spot. We had a good count - there were approximately 4,200 riders and the ride took slightly less than 45min to pass over the hawthorne bridge from start to finish.

The Portland Police department again cooperated and corked for the ride at major intersections.

2011

The ride left the gathering spot at Salmon ave & Water st at 10pm on Saturday 18 Jun (no party, just a safe space for gathering) at 10pm, rode approximately 7 miles, and looped back to to the starting spot. We had a good count - there were at least 4,000 riders (our video gear stuttered and we're not sure how much we missed - no more than 10%. 4,000 confirmed though). There was an "official" afterparty thrown by Bridgeport brewing, who gave a substantial amount to the Ride organization effort near the ending spot. The ride took about 30 minutes (thanks to police cooperation) to pass the intersection of E Burnside and 14th.

The Portland Police department again cooperated and corked for the ride at major intersections.


2010

The ride left the gathering spot at Salmon ave & Water st at 10pm on Saturday 19 Jun (no party, just a safe space for gathering) at 10pm, rode approximately 7 miles, and looped back to to the starting spot. We had an unknown number of riders--a team attempted to count but got such wildly divergent numbers that we can't really accept any of them credibly. Counts varied from 8,000 to 13,000 but we suspect under 8,000. No major injuries or mishaps occurred on the ride.

The Portland Police department again cooperated and corked for the ride at major intersections.

2009

The ride left the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Dance party at 2181 NW Nicolai Street, sent off by the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers and looping on a course that went down burnside, briefly over to the east side, and back up 2nd street. Only about 1/3 of the riders made it to the east side before the ride accidentally looped onto itself and the last 2/3 of the riders did not make it over the bridge to the east side.

Nearly 5000 riders participated (by the fire marshal's estimate), and while there were a few injuries, everyone we're aware of recovered fully. This was the first year the Portland Police officially sanctioned (well...accepted, and permitted) and corked for the ride.

2008

The ride left the Pedalpalpooza Dance Party on Saturday 14 June 2008, 11:59pm, from the Track 7 warehouse at NW 30th and Industrial. The route was long and the pace was fast, which caused problems for some riders. In past years, we often split into multiple groups following different routes, but this year we all rode the same route.

Though we anticipated 1200-1500 riders, we actually got around 2000. I've been told that that's the official police estimate. It took roughly an hour for the stream of cyclists to pass, and that made some motorists very angry. (And many thousands of people very happy of course.) There was one incident in which a driver deliberately crushed a cyclist's bike and his tires were slashed as he was thought to have crushed the cyclist too!

2007

The party was in the Organics To You warehouse at the East end of the Hawthorne bridge. At the party we distributed about 820 wristbands, and nearly everybody went on the ride so we estimate 800 riders -- not counting people who saw us along the way and spontaneously stripped to ride with us.

The party was amazing, though the OLCC wasn't too thrilled with us. The planning in 2008 will need to be much more careful. The ride itself was chaotic as always. No arrests. One injury when a rider hit a pothole at high speed; he was walking the next day... slowly.

2006

Roughly 500 riders left the Pedalpalooza Dance Party at Disjecta (230 East Burnside Street though its moved since then) at 11:59pm for a long looping ride. Many people did multiple loops that night.

2005

The 2005 ride and post-ride party maxed out the generous location donated by Free Geek. We had about 170 riders.

2004

In 2004 the organization City Repair hosted the event and had a healthy turnout.

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