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Sep 14, 2016
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Philadelphia's annual "Philly Naked Bike Ride," which is tagged as "a clothing-optional bare-as-you-dare" event, marked its eighth year last September 12.

"The annual ride featured around 3,000 people sporting underwear, body paint, glitter or nothing at all. Some riders concerned about being recognized by their parents or co-workers wore masks while others wore just their shoes," reports the Associated Press.

The participants set off for their 12-mile (around 19.3 kilometers) ride from a park near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which has been immortalized in the Rocky movies.

The nude ride aims to promote positive body image, cycling, and fuel conservation.

Mashable pointed out: "The ride typically takes most participants two to three hours, as the organization encourages riders to move at a slow pace to promote conversation and better traffic flow."

Indeed, one participant, Oren Eisenberg, was quoted as saying, "It's a really open and fun way of destigmatizing nudity."

Check out some of the photos posted on the Philly Naked Bike Ride Instagram page:

 

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