That headline makes me think, "ouch."  The Buffalo World Naked Bike Ride is intended to be more than just an excuse to "drop the drawers" and pedal through town. It's meant to raise awareness about biking safety and the impact of our car culture. If you like the idea of the campaign, but perhaps not the "clothing optional" part, nakedness is optional.

The group invitation says, "come as bare as you dare." The ride is somewhere between 10 to 15 miles, and the starting point is about just as vague. Meet between 5:30 and 7 p. m. this Saturday at the Edward M. Cotter Fireboat. You will be sent to the actual start point for the ride from there.

If you want to participate without riding, you can also roller skate, or just spectate. Onlookers should gather at Bidwell Parkway and Elmwood Avenue or Lafayette Square downtown at 8 p.m.

If you are wondering, it is legal to be topless for everyone in New York. Many participants will wear shorts, underwear, or use body paint. There a few rules to follow:

  • Obey police and thank them for their help.
    Must utilize Person-Powered Wheels
    No photos in their before/after space
    Assume that you will be photographed on ride.
    Arrive clothed
    No alcohol, drugs or glass.

Get more details on the ride and rules at the Buffalo World Naked Bike Ride on Facebook or at


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