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Police Bureau releases statement on legality of Naked Bike Ride

Posted by on June 17th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

“The Portland Police Bureau recommends that all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries. Being naked in public in Portland is legal if it falls within the guidelines of ORS 163.465″
— From a Portland Police Bureau press release

Like I mentioned last week, the Portland Police Bureau is well aware that there will be over 10,000 naked people on bikes riding through the streets tomorrow night at the World Naked Bike Ride.

Today, the PPB released a press release about the event. Their statement is meant to give participants a legal context for the ride, in case anyone was curious about public nudity laws. Read the full statement below:

The World Naked Bike Ride is set to roll through the streets of Portland this Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. Riders will gather at 9:00 p.m. at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Event organizers estimated the number of participants last year to be 13,000 people.

The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers on hand to ensure everyone is safe and to provide assistance at intersections.

The Portland Police Bureau recommends that all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries.

Being naked in public in Portland is legal if it falls within the guidelines of ORS 163.465, which are included below.

ORS 163.465. Public indecency

(1) A person commits the crime of public indecency if while in, or in view of, a public place the person performs:
(a) An act of sexual intercourse;
(b) An act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
(c) An act of exposing the genitals of the person with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person.

(2)
(a) Public indecency is a Class A misdemeanor.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, public indecency is a Class C felony if the person has a prior conviction for public indecency or a crime described in ORS 163.355 to 163.445 or for a crime in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would constitute public indecency or a crime described in ORS 163.355 to 163.445.

Now you know.

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  • Randall S. June 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Great news: I expect no one to be aroused by the sight of my genitals.

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  • Matt June 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I wonder what “deviate sexual intercourse” means, and why it’s considered distinct from “sexual intercourse”…

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    • Psyfalcon June 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Intercourse is normally a specific term involving a pair of certain organs. Deviate would refer to the use of any other organs. A poor name perhaps for liberal Portland though.

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  • encephalopath June 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Nudity in public is not illegal excepting the conditions listed in the statute. But what about parks?

    Park systems have their own rules and can cite you for violating them. Is there a quick and easy resource to figure out what those rules are for various state and county park systems.

    You could be naked and legal riding on the Steel Bridge, but then be in violation of park rules once you go off the bridge into Waterfront Park or the Esplande, for instance.

    I suppose I could goolge Oregon nudist websites, but I’m not sure I want to go there.

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    • John Lascurettes June 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      The park system, as a public entity could not overrule what is protected by the Oregon Constitution (and has been protected as such in court).

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      • encephalopath June 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        Nothing in the Prohibited Conduct for Portland Parks, though. In fact in the Obey the Officers section it looks like you could make a case for not doing what the parks officials say, nekkidness-wise, on the protected speech or conduct section:

        “A direction of a Park Officer is not “reasonable” under this Section if it is directed to speech or conduct the right to engage in which is, under the circumstances, protected by the federal or Oregon constitution.”

        http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=28627#cid_147803

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      • encephalopath June 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

        Clackamas County also thinks they can prohibit nudity in parks:

        6.06.04.10 No person shall 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. [Codified by Ord. 05-2000, 7/13/00]

        http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/docs/code/title6.pdf

        This is the kind of thing that worries me; these regulations are so hard to find. And they DO seem to conflict with the state law.

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    • arrowroot June 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I don’t know, but I do know that when a Flaming Lips music video involving nude cyclists was being filmed at the top of Mt Tabor, a park ranger made us put underwear on. So shooting was moved to Gus Van Sant’s backyard the next day…

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      • Paul Johnson June 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Oklahoma’s gift to alt rock. Likewise, on behalf of Oklahoma, I’d like to apologize for Hanson.

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  • are June 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    ORS 163.305(1) defines “deviate sexual intercourse” as “sexual conduct between persons consisting of contact between the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.”

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    • bikeaholic June 18, 2011 at 2:26 am

      anything in there about armpits?

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      • Velvetackbar June 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

        or…uh…top-tubes and knobby tires?

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        • John Mulvey June 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

          Yeah, nothing specifically about bikes? ‘Cause I really like my bike.

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  • John Lascurettes June 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    So PPS is concerned for my noggin’ but not my ass. ;)

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  • John Lascurettes June 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    PPD I mean.

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  • marshmallow June 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Forecast: cold. It’s called shrinkage.

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  • marshmallow June 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    “Effective Jun. 18, 2011 No service between SW 5th and 6th Avenues at Pine and NE Sandy at 33rd 10 – 11:30 p.m. due to the Portland World Naked Bike Ride.”

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  • encephalopath June 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    think *they* can ….

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  • encephalopath June 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    think *they* can

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  • DT June 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Anybody else think you could map out the route just from the trimet service alert page?

    http://trimet.org/alerts/future/

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  • Paul Johnson June 18, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I’m still waiting for the World Fursuit Bike Ride.

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    • Velvetackbar June 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Last year @irkdesu wore a fursuit. She calls it her “Skin”. She wrecked on the tracks, defacing said suit. No word on if it will be repaired.

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      • Paul Johnson June 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        Thta’s cool that she did that. Bummer she crashed though! Any pics?

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  • Paul Tay June 18, 2011 at 6:12 am

    encephalopath
    Clackamas County also thinks they can prohibit nudity in parks:
    6.06.04.10 No person shall 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. [Codified by Ord. 05-2000, 7/13/00]
    http://www.co.clackamas.or.us/docs/code/title6.pdf
    This is the kind of thing that worries me; these regulations are so hard to find. And they DO seem to conflict with the state law.

    Ruling Out the Rule of Law: http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/docs/2008/vanderbilt.pdf

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  • It is not legal to be naked in Portland June 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Being naked in public in the city of Portland is not legal: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?a=15423&c=28512

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    • John Lascurettes June 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      That’s been overruled in court. PDX cannot overwrite liberties granted by the OR Constitution.

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  • 9watts June 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    There seems to be a competing flyer out there: http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=File:WNBR_PDX_2011.png

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    • Joseph June 19, 2011 at 1:04 am

      That was the first poster I saw online… What does the official one look like?

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  • esther c June 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Of course city can have a statute outlawing public nudity even though the state doesn’t.

    Its not really a conflict with state law. Its not like the state law requires you to be nude and the city says you can’t.

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    • BicycleDave June 19, 2011 at 11:04 am

      The state constitution supersedes any city or county code. The free speech protections in the Oregon Constitution are stronger even than in the federal constitution. The naked bike ride is free speech.

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