What you need to know about Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride in Portland

Bare bicyclists filled the streets of Portland on Saturday for the annual World Naked Bike Ride. The ride draws attention to global oil dependancy, promotes body-positive messages, and highlights the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads. The group gathered in Fernhill Park before riding into Southeast Portland. (KATU photo taken 6-24-2017 by Tristan Fortsch)

The World Naked Bike Ride returns to Portland Saturday, June 23.

The annual ride has thousands of Portlanders getting naked and biking around the city.

The organization's website states that the event is "an annual, worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere, and decries society's dependence on pollution-based transport."

This year's ride starts at 9 PM, but people will likely start gathering around 8 PM in Cathedral Park next to the St. Johns Bridge. Ride organizers do not release the route ahead of time, but it's expected to be about six miles long.

Although the bike ride is more of a protest of gas-guzzling vehicles and a a celebration of the human body, participants are encouraged to protest any cause they want.

Police will help manage traffic around the bike route, but there's no way of really knowing which streets to avoid since the route is secret.

With nearly 10,000 people participating in the ride each year, it's a little difficult to avoid spotting any naked people if you're out on the town Saturday night. If you're interested in riding, but don't want to strip down, you don't have to! Many people wear costumes, undergarments, body paint, and well, pretty much anything.

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