Lots of double takes, exposure as Philly Naked Bike Ride pedals through town

Andrew Kramer
August 25, 2019 - 9:22 am
Philly Naked Bike Ride pedals through town.

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of people rode their bikes together 10 miles through Philadelphia Saturday afternoon.

Nothing uncommon on a beautiful weekend like this, right?

Oh, and by the way, just about all those people were either fully or partially naked. 

"What I see in front of me are a bunch of happy, naked people of all shapes and sizes," said rider Peter Kourahanis. 

This year's Philly Naked Bike Ride took place a few weeks earlier than normal and had a different route too, this time from FDR Park in South Philly to Eakins Oval across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"It's exciting, it's a little nerve-wracking, it's slightly uncomfortable, to be perfectly honest," said Kourahanis. "The energy is amazing, everybody's open, honest, we all like each other."

He kept his shorts on for this one, but Whitney Rayl did exactly what the title of the event told her to do.

"Boots and a smile, that's about it," she said when asked about what she's wearing for ride. "After awhile you kind of forget you're naked, it's just super comfortable."

Many bikers paint there bodies for the ride, some all over and others just to cover certain body parts. 

Steph and Lexus were painted head-to-toe in blue, dressed as Avatars, wearing necklaces, tails and nothing else at all.

"This is our Christmas," said Steph. "As you can see we always go all out, we have a lot of fun getting ready and a lot of fun on the ride."

Some riders write messages across their chests and backs, but the ultimate message of this event is body positivity.

"I don't think you feel any better than you do today," said Lexus, "because you're on the same wave length with everybody, everyone's here to have a good time, everyone's happy with what they look like today. It should be like that every day."

"Ride naked and love your body," added Kourahanis.

The event also encourages people to reduce fuel consumption by biking instead of driving cars.