When I lived in Portland, one of my favorite events was the annual naked bike ride, in which thousands of people stripped down and went for a leisurely cruise through downtown. It was thrilling, comedic and full of weirdos.
While the event certainly smells of nearly every manner of derogatory stereotype people like to lob at The City of Roses, it isn't just a Portland thing. The event happens in dozens of cities all over the world. And now, despite people's insistence that "people just don't do that here," it looks like it may be coming to Boise.
According the just-released schedule, the Bare as You Dare ride will happen on Friday, June 24, at 9:45 p.m.
The event is described at boisebicycleproject.org thusly:
A light-hearted protest against fossil fuel. A demonstration that any body can ride a bike and have fun doing it. A comment on the vulnerability of cyclists. Choose your message, ride with us! What to wear? Do not fear! The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is "Bare As You Dare"... How bare is that ? How dare is that ?...It's all up to you, you decide what you are comfortable with. No one is excluded or discriminated against based on levels of clothing, bodypaint, or anything else, for that matter! Who's in charge? Nobody knows. Be there at 9:45 p.m. and start ringing your bell as we roll at 10 p.m. We'll ride over to 13th Street, through Hyde Park and down to Fort Street. East on Fort, all the way to Eighth, and then back up to the tennis courts.
And while the weirdophiles here at BW are glad to welcome such an event, we also feel compelled to both remind folks of Boise Municipal Code 6-22, which bans public nudity, and to tell Judas Priest it just may be time to cue the chorus.