Portland Art Museum to host 2013 World Naked Bike Ride

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Coming to the South Park Blocks.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The South Park Blocks, home to Portland’s grand theater venues, museums, and churches, will host the 2013 Portland World Naked Bike Ride on June 8th. Ride organizers have gained the blessing of the Portland Art Museum who will host the ride in the blocks directly in front of their building on SW Park between 9th and 10th avenues.

The Art Museum sees the Naked Bike Ride as a way to heighten awareness for their Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design exhibition that also happens open on June 8th. Here’s the official word from PAM’s Director of Public Relations Beth Heinrich:

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‘Bare As You Dare’ naked ride documentary to debut at Filmed by Bike

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Still from Bare As You Dare.
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Bare As You Dare, a new documentary that goes behind the scenes of Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride will debut at Filmed by Bike later this month. The film was created by Ian McCluskey, Lilah Cady, and Jenn Byrne from NW Documentary, a Portland-based non-profit that teaches the “art of non-fiction storytelling.”

Bare As You Dare is a 17 minute film that features interviews with the volunteers who put on the ride. It also follows several subjects to show the diverse backgrounds of the people that participate. According to a statement from Filmed by Bike, the film, “follows a variety of subjects from a cancer survivor to a reserved homebody, who are surprisingly open in sharing their personal stories and motivation for participation.”

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You need the Naked Ride and the Naked Ride needs you

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You do not want to miss this.
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The sun is shining and bike fun spirits are high. Pedalpalooza is going strong and tomorrow night it will reach one of its many climaxes when thousands upon thousands of you get naked and pedal through our wonderful city. Yes, it’s time for the legendary Portland edition of the World Naked Bike Ride.

Let’s review the basics shall we?

Where and When
The ride will happen Saturday night (June 16th) at 10:00 pm. The start location is the empty lot at the corner of SE Water and Salmon (same as last year, here’s a map). Folks will begin gathering at around 8:30 to 9:00 pm.

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Documentary makers need subjects for Naked Bike Ride film

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Documentary will take closer look
at Naked Bike Ride.
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A local non-profit is looking for a few good subjects who aren’t bashful about participating in Portland’s annual Naked Bike Ride.

Portland-based NW Documentary teaches classes on documentary filmmaking (including one on how to film by bike) and they also boast a respectable track record in producing their own short films. Lilah Cady, a NW Documentary staffer, tells us their last short film was accepted into over 30 film festivals including major ones like Tribeca and London.

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2011 Naked Bike Ride: Details, poster revealed, cops and sponsors weigh in

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June 18th.
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Thanks to a group of devoted volunteers working on a shoestring budget so that 10,000 people can enjoy a naked bike ride through the streets (not to mention all the people who enjoy it without even being there or participating), the Portland edition of the 2011 World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is all set for June 18th.

Behold the poster (might be NSFW, depending on where you work)…

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Video of the Week: Fun coverage of the World Naked Bike Ride

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It’s a rare media outlet that can cover something like the World Naked Bike Ride with a good balance of professionalism and good-natured fun, but the crew at G4 TV seems to have done just that.

Their coverage (watch it below) of Portland’s 2010 World Naked Bike Ride features some familiar faces including “Route Czar” and frequent BikePortland commenter Matt Picio and prolific bike fun participant, gravity biker, and Hammercise co-creator, Dutch.

Here’s the video (possibly NSFW, depending on where you work):

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Naked Bike Ride: Know before you go -UPDATED

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Last year.
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Just a few days left until Portland’s annual skin-only cycling soiree, the World Naked Bike Ride. Last year, an estimated 5,000 took part (more than doubling the 2008 total), making it the largest naked bike parade in North America (if not the world?).

If recent growth trends continue (see graph below), organizers say they could get well over 10,000 riders this year. Sound like fun?! If you plan to roll out on Saturday night, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Naked bikers needed for Flaming Lips music video to be shot in Portland next week

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The flash of naked riders
is an annual sight in Portland
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The World Naked Bike Ride doesn’t roll around again til June, but Portlanders will have a chance next week to ride naked around Mt Tabor as part of an upcoming Flaming Lips music video.

I spoke about the shoot, set for Wednesday, with Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne during a break in preparing for the band’s appearance tonight on the Colbert Report.

Coyne was enthused about his plan. He said he got the idea from the scene at the end of the musical Hair: “You know how it’s a bunch of freaked out naked people climbing some mountain with blood and fire and finding some new civilization there — so I thought of Portland, right?”

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Naked Ride Party organizers: Thanks, we’re in the black, and we’ll be back

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As a follow-up to our story yesterday, about volunteer organizers of the epic Pedalpalooza Kickoff Naked Bike Ride and Party not making enough from the event to cover the bills, comes this update (emphasis mine):

From the entire Pedalpalooza Kickoff Party organizing team, thank you for the monumental response in the way of thanks, offers to volunteer in future, and donations.

We are good financially, so save your donations for the frothy or caffeinating beverage of choice to help you glide through the rest of this delightful festival of bike fun.

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