The Philly Naked Bike Ride is back; thousands expected to cycle nude in September

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Thousands of naked cyclists are expect to descend on Philadelphia streets on Sept. 9.

The annual Philly Naked Bike Ride returns that day as it continues its mission to celebrate body positivity, cycling advocacy and fuel conscious consumption. The ride also aims to desexualize nudity.

The ride starts at 5 p.m. There will be a pre-ride festival, including body painting, at 3 p.m. Unfortunately, we can’t give you many more details than that. The route and meet-up location have not yet been released. They will be announced 24 hours before the ride on the Philly Naked Bike Ride social media channels (FacebookTwitterInstagram).

Not ready to ride your bike full nude? That’s okay, the event runs on a “bare as you dare” policy so you can wear as little or as much as you would like. As a note though, they do encourage you to bring along a pack of clothes, in case you have a bike malfunction or otherwise need to stop.

The event draws thousands of cyclists from all different levels of biking experience. It’s not an race and normally takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete the 10 mile route.

While the official route has yet to be released, you can expect it to pass by the traditional naked bike ride spots of the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square and City Hall. You can get an idea of what the event is like in the gallery at the top of this post, which is full of photos taken from the 2016 Philly Naked Bike Ride.

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