Bik­ers in the buff ride through Philadel­phia’s streets

Porterville Recorder - - HERITAGE -

And they’re off — the bi­cy­clists and their clothes.

Thou­sands of nude cy­clists set off on a trek around Philadel­phia on Satur­day for the an­nual Philly Naked Bike Ride.

About 3,000 riders in var­i­ous stages of un­dress ped­aled a 10-mile (16-kilo­me­ter) course tak­ing in sights in­clud­ing In­de­pen­dence Hall and the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, where Sylvester Stal­lone sprinted up the steps while train­ing as Rocky.

Par­tic­i­pants in the ride can go as bare as they dare. Some were in their birth­day suits while oth­ers sported un­der­wear or body paint and glit­ter.

Olivia Neely, who was top­less, was rid­ing for the first time, in­spired by the re­cent end of a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.

“I just broke up with my boyfriend and wanted to have a sense of free­dom,” she said. “I did it for me, not for any­one else.”

The ride is to protest de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els, ad­vo­cate for the safety of cy­clists and pro­mote pos­i­tive body im­age.

Friends Lind­say Mee­han and Michelle Astringer rode to­gether and helped each other get painted. Mee­han is a first-timer at the PNBR while Astringer is a reg­u­lar.

Mee­han said she de­cided to take part be­cause eat­ing dis­or­der re­cov­ery and body pos­i­tiv­ity are “a big part of my life.”

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