Bare As You Dare: Photos From World Naked Bike Ride In LA

(FOX 11) Ride as bare as you dare.

That's the dress code motto for World Naked Bike Ride Day (WNBR), an annual, international event held Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles where the clothing is optional.

WARNING: Some of the images are NSFW
. We took the liberty of editing a few photos with emojis.

The event is meant to create a body-positive atmosphere, encourage a car-free lifestyle and advocate for more bicycle-friendly communities, among other things. Hundreds of attendees pedaled au naturale Saturday through Downtown, Echo Park and surrounding areas.

The nude and semi-nude participants show up with some form of "human-powered transport," including bikes, skateboards and inline skates. Body painting is popular, and some write messages of "Freedom" and "Born to be nude" across their backs.

As you would imagine, creative expression is strongly encouraged.

You may be wondering, is being naked in public even legal? The legalese section on the WNBR website is empty, but a police cruiser was present at the event and helping to direct some traffic in the area.

So in other words, as long as you don't do anything lewd and stay with the other participants -- it's allowed. Of course the policing varies depending on the local laws and cultural expectations of the city in which the event is being held.

WNBR, which began in 2004, has since expanded to dozens of cities in 17 countries, including London, New Orleans, Edinburgh, and San Francisco.

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