LOS ANGELES, California — Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles bareing it all on Saturday for the “World Naked Bike Ride.”
According to the event’s website it was held “in celebration and jubilation to deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world to the masses.”
The event started at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Baker and North Spring Streets. A festival took place for an hour and a half before the bare bicyclists started on their route.
Users took to social media with diverse reactions. Some were enthralled:
— Raider_Bosco48 (@Loudawgg48) June 28, 2015
Others, less enthused:
The Supreme Court on Friday ruled gay marriage legally recognized in all 50 states by overturning any bans on it the day before the ride. Not everyone was on board with the SCOTUS decision; the efforts to legalize gay marriage were led by Silicon Valley elites.
— fahw (@fahwt) June 28, 2015
Tonight, I witnessed a bigot and his cronies spew disgusting homophobic hate, while they stomped and spit on a pride flag at the #nakedbikeride. And then I watched a naked man on roller blades tackle that man, reclaim the flag and disappear into the crowd, protected by the crowd. It was beautiful and frightening and powerful, in so many ways. I just love this city and everything it stands for. @willametteweek @portlandmercury
A photo posted by Aaron Wessling (@aewessling) on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:01am PDT
The bare-naked ride also took place in the English town of Essex:
The first World Naked Bike Ride in Los Angeles took place in 2004. They have been held annually in the Golden State since 2010.