The 14th annual Philly Naked Bike Ride took place on Saturday, August 26, 2023.
Here’s how it works. 24hours before the gathering, the route and “secret” meeting location is revealed. This year, the 13-ish mile route began at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, went though the city, and ended at Independence Hall.
The Philly Naked Bike Ride is a celebration of cycling, body positivity, and fuel reduction. It is a chance for riders to come together and show their support for these important causes. The ride is also a protest against car culture and the pollution that it creates.
Many riders paint pro-bike messages on their body. Statements like “No Vehicle Violence” and “Share The Road” were spotted on participants in various states of dress.
Participants are encouraged to ride as bare as they dare, but there is no requirement to be naked. A group painting session begins at the starting line at 2 p.m. The ride takes off at 5 p.m. It’s all about body positivity and road safety. The most important thing is to have fun and celebrate the human body.
Let’s talk about the photos! As a ride that has been happening for 14 years, the Philly Naked Bike Ride has grown with the popularity of social media. For that reason, many riders cover the face if they choose not to cover their nether regions. Although many people do let it all hang out.
The faces of the spectators on the road can be just as entertaining as the ride. There’s joy, excitement, and complete shock. Our friend Al Lee was captured all of the above on Saturday. Take a look at his images and remember to respect riders and please share the road.