Friday Musings: “Naked bike rides” and bike safety

Did anyone out there in readerland participate in the World Naked Bike Ride?

If you did…or you participate in other group rides and bike events of the more clothed variety, you may actually be helping to make biking safer for EVERYONE:

Just when you thought everything had been said and (blush) done in connection with this year’s World Naked Bike, along comes an compelling theory about the annual event’s societal benefits: It makes traffic safer.

In fact, according to a story on the Treehugger blog, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s safety experts are big fans of the group rides (not just the naked ones) that are rolling through the city daily as part of June’s Pedalpalooza bike-culture festival.

Read the full article by visiting the Oregon Live page.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on bike events like this — do you feel it helps make us all safer? If so, why? Please leave your comments below.

1 Comment

  1. Ken Sturrock

    Jack – I think that group rides do enhance safety because they make motorists (and others) more aware of cyclists. On the other hand, badly run and impolite group rides can kill whatever love there might have been and reinforce negative stereotypes.

    Back when I lived in Tampa, I participated in group rides for this kind of reason. Now that I am in Denver, I haven’t participated in any organized rides. Moreover, despite regularly riding to work, I proudly walked on “Bike to work day” this week. It was both easier and safer that way.

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