What Can We Ride?
Anything that is NOT powered by petroleum or fossil fuel products. Roller skates, roller blades, human powered scooters are also allowed. Electric scooters might be considered on an individual basis and is a discussion topic at the moment due to safety reasons.
What about Mopeds?
We might consider that option, however, the fuel powered portion of the bike cannot be used. We might require that the spark plug be removed and held until the ride ends.
I saw a solar powered thing one year but its not a bicycle, why is that OK ?
Because it demonstrates the use of renewable energy. It was built on a 4 wheel bicycle frame system. There are Tricycles allowed also. Some folks are not physically capable of a 2 wheeled bike and we respect their devotion.
Can I walk or jog the route
Although walking or jogging is a form of transportation, we do not allow foot traffic during the ride for safety and legality reasons. The ride is long and foot traffic is unlikely to be able to maintain pace and distance. There are some fine lines drawn as well as to nudity in public when it comes down to walking or jogging. If you do decide to do this, you will be subject to possible legal action by the LAPD
Are helmets required?
Los Angeles does have a helmet law, however we do not require them for our ride. Please understand that helmets protect the head in case of falls and safe riding is encouraged.
Do you have to carry clothes on the ride or leave them at the staging area?
You can leave them at the staging area or take a small backpack or bike bag for something to put on if you need to leave the route.
Can we ride faster, the ride goes to slow.
The ride is not a race. We keep a safe pace in order for everyone to be able to participate.
I'm not in great shape, do I HAVE to be naked?
No you do not, the event is ride as bare as you dare. You are welcome at your own comfort levels and even if you decide to disrobe during the route, that is fine. Body positivity is the concept that all bodies are beautiful and nobody at the ride will be judgemental regarding anyone elses physical appearance. We have riders of all ages, sizes and colors who participate and many people find out that even if they think they aren't comfortable nude, once they get involved, they are able to disrobe easily and find the experience liberatin
Is it legal to be nude, do I risk getting arested or cited
No full nudity is acceptable and according to law is legal at this event. LEWD behavior however will not be tolerated and is a citeable offense. NUDE IS NOT LEWD, please contact us if you have any questions about what is considered lewd.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes, the event is a public event and nothing about the event is inappropriate for youth or people of any age. We allow kids to ride or be in bike trailers or seats, or they can ride along. Parent or guardians MUST ride with the youth and not leave them unattended, and if they tire out or start to fall behind, they will be picked up by our safety vehicle and finish the ride in the truck.
Is my kid allowed to participate naked? I saw several kids nude but they were in underwear when they left the staging area. This is a parental decision. The WNBRLA is a family event and minors that can complete the ride on their own or ride in a child bike trailer behind their parents are welcome to participate. However, while the ride motto is "ride as bare as you dare", the LAPD has requested that minors do not ride fully nude for their own safety. They may undress if they wish to be nude to participate in the body painting, and socializing inside the staging area, but should put on undergarments, swim bottoms or shorts for the ride itself. We have had riders in their teens ride without incidents or concerns. After all this is a naked bike ride. We do strongly encourage safety equipment such as helmets, knee and elbow pads when children ride.
Is it legal to ride nude?
While riding and on the route simple nudity is legal. Please refer to our BODY POSITIVITY page for details.
Why do you ask for donations instead of charging for tickets?
We are not here to make a profit off participants, but there are incurred costs to organize the ride. These costs include but not limited to porta potties, gratuity to our volunteer motorcycle officers, safety equipment for our volunteers, communication equipment for our ride leaders, and other unseen expenses. We do not want to make anyone feel that they cannot join if they have to pay. This is a free public event and we want everyone regardless of financial situations to be able to enjoy it.
Is it ok to give tip to the body painters?
Yes, gratuities at the body paint booth, and vendors is allowed. Gratuity has always been a big part of the service industry and it shows the provider that they are appreciated.
Who is in charge?
We are a registered Non Profit Organization which means better event growth, more options to help public awareness and more ways to help educate society on important issues that so many people believe in.
Our board of directors include Michael Beals, Rolf Holbach, Ron Mercer, Eli Narat, Robert Young. Any of these organizers can be found at the event if you have questions about the organization.
Can I take pictures if I'm not a rider?
WE do approve media photographers for legitimate reasons to be present but we do not allow just anyone to harass participants for photos. Media staff MUST register as media with our staff. Participants are welcome to commemorate your experience. If you are fully clothed and not a participant and someone complains, you will be asked to leave the area. Photography is NOT to be used for inappropriate websites and we ask that anyone taking pictures ASKS permission before taking photos of individuals. If you are a rider, we expect that you share some of your images with us for our private gallery and include some of yourself as well.
What if I find photos of me somewhere that I don't approve of?
We cannot control the integrity of everyone, but if that happens, please let us know and we will do everything we can to help you get them removed from that location. Please remember that this is a public event on public streets and it is meant to promote and educate the public about alternative transportation, safety, body positivity and social acceptance of public nudity, so respectful photography is welcomed at the event.
What if I don't want my picture taken?
This is a public event that takes place on public streets, there is no way to stop anyone from taking photos. We try to enforce respectful photography within the ride. If you are concerned about recognition, we do allow masks and face scarfs to be worn to help individual anonymity.
As we welcome our riders to feel free to photograph their memories of the ride, and we welcome freelance photography, we do want to make our terms clear out of respect for all those who participate. Please read our respect basics below.
Non participating freelance photographers must register with us prior to showing up at the meetup location and must agree to share some of their photos with us for our page. We do require freelance photographer to follow guidelines listed below. Any photographer that does not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the area and their images must be deleted from cameras.
Any participant is free to video or photograph their experience as long as it follows the guidlines below.
Listed here are our guidelines for video and photography. These are here to encourage respect, safety and anonymity to our riders and other participants.
If it is NOT powered by fossil fuels we will consider allowing it in the ride. If you have questions, feel free to ask.
We need more public awareness of the need for better bicycle safety.
Public awareness of the truth that nude is not lewd needs to be improved and that the human body should not be shamed regardless of size, ethnicity, age or health conditions.
Nudity in its basic form is completely natural and proven to be psychologically safe for all ages although for the safety of youth, kids are required to have shorts, underwear or swimwear during the ride route