NSFW: Philly Naked Bike Ride returns, taking over lanes from Broad Street to Northern Liberties

The 14th annual environmentalist protest-slash-celebration invites participants to wear as little as they want.

Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride participants clad in body paint ride down city streets Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride participants clad in body paint ride down city streets Saturday, August 27, 2022.

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Hundreds of riders rolled through Philadelphia Saturday for the fourteenth annual Naked Bike Ride, a clothing-optional jaunt from Fairmount Park down to Passyunk Avenue and back up to Northern Liberties.

With a mantra of “bare as you dare,” the event encourages creative dressing with as little clothing as desired — think novelty boxer shorts, lacy bras, colorful tutus, and plenty of body paint.

The Philly edition began in 2009 as part of the World Naked Bike Ride movement, a protest-slash-celebration that advocates for body positivity, a lower reliance on fossil fuels, and cyclist-friendly streets. Rides typically take place in cities throughout the summer, from Chicago (which was dubbed the best city for biking in the nude) to Boston and St. Louis.

In Philadelphia, the afternoon kicked off in a secluded section of Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill, where participants were able to disrobe, mingle, and lather on sunscreen without too many unaffiliated, clothed spectators. Just before the ride began at 5 p.m., some bikers lined up for free body painting, while others had photoshoots in coordinated costumes.

Participants rode down 19th Street and Broad Street in varying states of undress, perplexing and delighting onlookers in cars, at streeteries, and on early evening walks. Fans lined up to see the emo band Los Campesinos perform at Union Transfer even got an eyeful as the semi-naked brigade turned up Spring Garden Street around sunset.

The 12-mile ride concluded with a clothing-optional dance party at Northern Liberties music venue the Fillmore, complete with food from women-owned businesses like Juana Tamale and nicecream cart Vannah Banana.

From Birds-themed body paint to shiny pink nipple tassels and artfully-placed sunflowers, scroll down for photos from this end-of-summer tradition.

A couple takes a selfie with scantily clad bike riders as the backdrop at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park before the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride.

A couple takes a selfie with scantily clad bike riders as the backdrop at Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park before the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride.

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Participants prepare for the nude bike ride at the semi-secluded Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park on Saturday afternoon.

Participants prepare for the nude bike ride at the semi-secluded Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park during the afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Melanie and Jim O’Connor share a kiss at the start of the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride. The pair, who live in New York, met at this event over ten years ago.

Melanie and Jim O’Connor share a kiss at the start of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride. The pair, who live in New York, met at this event over ten years ago.

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A bride-to-be waves at nude cyclists as they pass by on Spring Garden Street during the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride early Saturday evening.

A bride-to-be waves at nude cyclists as they pass by on Spring Garden Street during the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride early Saturday evening.

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"Go Birds," reads the back of a Philadelphia Naked Bike ride participant — because if there's only thing we're going to do in Philly, it's find a way to rep the Eagles.

"Go Birds," reads the back of a 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride participant — because if there's only thing we're going to do in Philly, it's find a way to rep the Eagles.

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Onlookers at Fairmount Park's Lemon Hill sit perplexed as riders begin the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Onlookers at Fairmount Park's Lemon Hill sit perplexed as riders begin the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Riders wave at concertgoers outside of Union Transfer at the tail-end of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Riders wave at concertgoers outside of Union Transfer at the tail-end of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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One rider rocks rainbow-themed body art during the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

One rider rocks rainbow-themed body art during the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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One nude biker spreads the love to a confused observer on Spring Garden Street during the final leg of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

One nude biker spreads the love to a confused observer on Spring Garden Street during the final leg of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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A tutu-clad rider celebrates making it to the last segment of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike ride as she pedals past Union Transfer on Saturday, Aug. 27.

A tutu-clad rider celebrates making it to the last segment of the 2022 Philadelphia Naked Bike ride as she pedals past Union Transfer on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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