Bikeability is a key component of livable cities, and the best cities have the best group bike rides. Themed rides are like themed parties; they’re a great way to attract riders and make a long bike ride festive and memorable. I’ve seen tweed rides, seersucker rides, full-moon rides and more, but it’s hard to top a naked bike ride. The one in Philadelphia, only five years old, is apparently the 2nd-largest in the nation. I took a folding bike on Amtrak to join the ride and tour Philly while surrounded by naked bicyclists.

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

The 2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride started in Penn Treaty Park, where many cyclists were decorated with body paint. Some people ended up looking like Jackson Pollock paintings. The event is billed as “dare as you bare,” but most participants were in fact quite naked. The 10-mile route took us through several neighborhoods. In some parts of downtown, cheering spectators lined the streets to take photos, while other parts were quiet. The ride ended at The Piazza at Schmidt’s, where many folks were clearly disappointed that it was time to put their clothes back on.

It was a beautiful sunny day for a bike ride. More photos below.

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

Many more photos via the pnbr2013 tag.

One of the reasons I went to this event was because I needed to displace older photos from my most-popular list. Years after taking a few photos at DC’s sparsely-attended 2009 World Naked Bike Ride Day, I was often discouraged to see those photos appearing in my top-ten list at the end of a day. It’s almost as if people actively seek out and search for photos of naked people. For photos of the DC naked bike rides, see wnbr2008, wnbr2009, and wnbr2011.

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

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