L.A. Cyclists Bare All For World Naked Bike Ride

by Emily Green · June 17, 2010

Last week, L.A. was riddled with mass displays of public nudity, first with UCLA's Undie Run on Wednesday, and then the L.A. celebration of World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday. That's right-- a massive bike parade of naked cyclists.  The group pedaled through Echo Park, Silver Lake and Downtown L.A., with many participants going stark naked, and others only halfway there.

So other than satisfying exhibitionist tendencies, what exactly is the purpose of the event? They say the naked cruise through city streets "advocates and celebrates sustainable energy, environmentally-responsible living, human-powered transport and body-positive value." Um, that's great, but we don't really get why they have to horrify innocent bystanders who dared to go out into public on Saturday. Seeing grown men (and even some women!) riding a bike completely naked in your direction is quite a blow to the senses. You should be a little emotionally prepared when confronted with a sight like that... Truly haunting.

[All photos by Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss via L.A. Weekly]