photolog: World Naked Bike Ride PDX 2016, a protest
Mt. Scott Park pre-party photo gallery.
[This is an archived reissue from 2016 for members. ~Editor]
Words and photographic music by Reviewer Rob
The annual Portland Naked Bike Ride is a legally protected form of free speech.
For a long time now public nudity in Portland has been tolerated by the authorities as long as it was a protest, and this is what the World Naked Bike Ride officially is. The point is to demonstrate against oil-dependency and to protest for body positivity and also demonstrate how dangerous it can be to ride a bicycle on the road alongside cars. What better way to protest how vulnerable one is when sharing the road with cars but by riding in the nude?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
~wording of the First amendment.
The World Naked Bike Ride is a globally organized effort to stage these protests in various cities but few have as much cooperation as in the City Of Portland, Oregon, whose police, it seems, simply wanted to know about it ahead of time, get a heads-up.
I arrived at the meet-up point, Mt. Scott Park, at the appointed time of 8 p.m. … READ MORE HERE
[Hey there sports fans. In order to pay for the kitty litter we’re moving selected archive files slowly over to behind the mysterious paywall. So unless you can’t afford a coupla bucks you can read the rest of this amazingly fine story about public display in pursuit of free speech, social harmony, and body acceptance, 1100 words, HERE. If you haven’t yet, please feel free to JOIN US. ~ Reviewer Rob, Editor]