Revised 2018 FAQ

Q: What is Philly Naked Bike ride all about?

A: PNBR is about: Riding together to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy. Ride with us and bring your own message!

Q: Whose idea was this anyway?

A: The Philly Naked Bike Ride is just one of many that are part of the World Naked Bike Ride movement. The first international naked bike ride was a collaboration between the World Naked Bike Ride group, which rode on the twelfth of June 2004, and the Manifestación Ciclonudista with its event on the nineteenth. The WNBR group is a creation by Conrad Schmidt to help coordinate a large international naked bike ride between many different activist groups across the world. Check it out!:

Q: Do I have to ride NAKED?

A: NO. PNBR is a BARE AS YOU DARE event. One of the best aspects of the Philly Naked Bike Ride is how creative people get with being nude in public. Have a good time and have fun with paint, hats, costumes, sunglasses and anything else you can think of. Carry your clothes with you though, in case you wind up having a bike malfunction or needing to stop at a store to use the bathroom or grab some water, etc.

Q: Is this LEGAL?

A: Well, we can only speak from experience. Our past 9 rides have gone without incident, and have been a blast. You can read Pennsylvania code at and decide how bare you will dare. Please don’t be lewd, obscene, or engage in any sexual activity – that is an arrestable offense, it’s against our Code of Conduct, and we will enforce this law.

Q: Who can participate?

A: PNBR is accessible to all levels of cycling prowess: if you’re a team cyclist, alley cat hero, bike nerd, or a bicycle commuter — PNBR has something for everyone. Other modes of people powered transportation are welcome also.

Q: Do I have to register or sign-up for the ride?

A: No, just show up on the day of the ride.

Q: Do I have to register if I am a photographer/videographer and/or with the media?

A: Yes, if you are a non-riding photographer/videographer, you will have to pre-register by contacting PNBR at Please include Photo Pass Request in the subject line.

**ONLY pre-approved photographers by PNBR will be granted access to photograph the bodypaint area. Please make sure you read the photography policy in the Code of Conduct.**

Q: Is there a fee to participate?

A: PNBR is free to all. However, donations are welcome to help in the successful organization of the ride.

Q: Why is it called a naked bike ride if not everyone is naked?

A: It’s an invitation to be naked but we’re not going to be militant about nudity. We want people to be as comfortable and have as much fun as possible, no matter how much or how little of their body is exposed.

Q: Isn’t it uncomfortable to sit on a bike seat naked?

A: Not really. You should try it! Otherwise we recommend wrapping something soft around your seat, such as a t-shirt, a bandana, a swatch of velvet, or anything else that will make your bum feel happy. If you are renting a bike, we strongly recommend wrapping your seat.

Q: How fast or how long is the ride?

A: The ride is a slow, conversational pace. It meanders through the city of Philadelphia for a total of about 10 miles. At this rate, it typically takes about 2 hours for the front of the group to get from the starting location to the ending location. It is NOT a race by any means! In fact, we keep it slow on purpose: Nearly half of our riders are new to cycling, which is exciting because one of the goals is to get more people interested in using bikes as a mode of transport. However, that means that they may be a little wobbly on two wheels. We also want people of all abilities to be able to participate.

What we have found in the past is that when the people in the front go any faster than a crawl, it creates a gap between the faster group in the front and the slower group in the back. Cars coming from different directions then try to squeeze through this gap in the column, making it very dangerous for the riders who happen to be somewhere along the edges of that gap at the moment. An important goal is to keep all 2,000-4,000 riders safe. If we let the front group go fast, then the back group gets left in danger. So, if you like to go fast, sign up to be a street team member and you’ll get to zip up and down the column and speed ahead of the pack! Otherwise please plan on relaxing and enjoying the ride. If you’re new to a bike or it’s been a while, you will be in good company!

P.S. Want to be a speed demon at the Naked Bike Ride? Volunteer for the Street Team! You’ll get to zip along the side of the column, speed ahead to block traffic and everyone will thank you! If you’re interested send a request via E-mail with Volunteer in the subject line to or, and we will be in contact!

Q: What should I do to prepare for the ride?

1. Read and follow this: Code of Conduct

2. Make sure your bike works.

3. You might want to pack these things:

Clothes for after the ride
A way to carry your clothes with you or on your bike
Helmet (highly recommended)
Money for any pre-ride and after ride activities, and to donate to PNBR
Patch kit
Bug spray
Decorations for your body and your bike

Don’t want to carry a backpack? Wrap your stuff in a plastic bag and duct tape it to your frame.

Q: I don’t have a bike/ I don’t know how to ride. Can I still participate?

A: Of course you can! We welcome all forms of Human-Powered transportation. You can bike, rollerblade/skate, skateboard, ride a scooter, jog… heck, you could probably walk it! But please, NOT in bare feet!

Q:What’s the route?

A: The starting location and route will be announced 24 hours before the ride. Please follow us on Social Media and this page for all updates.

Q: Where is a good spot for me to watch the ride?

A: If you’re not ready to ride with us yet, and you want to check out what the ride is all about first, here some popular spots you’ll want to hang out on ride day:

Academy of Music, Art Museum, Avenue of the Arts, Ben Franklin Parkway, Boat House Row, City Hall, Liberty Bell, Logan Circle, Rittenhouse Square, South St., and 5th St. Tunnel.

These are some of the main points we plan to pass along in 2018, for some additional spots, check out our Social Media for teaser shots of this year’s route.

Q: How many people participate in the Philly Naked Bike Ride?

A: When the organizers planned the first PNBR back in 2009, they anticipated between 200 and 300 riders. Instead they got 2,000. Since then we have had between 2,000-3,500 riders every year.

Q: Where can I park?

A. Ride to the event and you won’t have this issue. We do recognize that many of our participants come from other cities, even states, and we are so grateful for it!

Parking in Philadelphia on a Saturday afternoon is difficult. Most legal spaces are metered with a 2 hour limit.
Better choices could be in neighborhoods near Elevated, Subway, or train stations, weekday restrictions sometimes don’t apply on Saturday.
Frankford Ave. North of Bridge St. and Cheltenham Ave. near Frankford Ave. are examples. The S.E.P.T.A. garage at Bustleton & Frankford Aves. at Bridge St. Elevated Station is $2.35 on weekends.
Upper Darby near 69th St. Terminal Elevated Station is a shopping district, with restrictions and meters. The S.E.P.T.A. Parking Field on the East side of the Terminal is $2.
The S.E.P.T.A. Parking Field at Fern Rock Subway and Regional Rail station near 11th & Nedro Sts. is also $2.
At Norristown High Speed Line and Regional Rail station, the garage is $3, but free weekend parking is available in the surface lot on the inbound side of the Regional Rail station.

On weekends, parking is free at Regional Rail daily use lots ONLY. You must have a permit to park in a permit lot on weekdays and weekends.  P.A.T.Co. High Speed Line lots in New Jersey are free on weekends. Many stations are also located near municipal lots, which vary in cost.  Commuters should look for signage at the station to confirm parking fees and regulations for individual lots.

From S.E.P.T.A., Suggested Parking Lots With Space (but many others are good on Saturday)

These SEPTA stations generally have available parking spaces, even on weekdays.
Chestnut Hill East Line | Wyndmoor Station
Chestnut Hill West Line | Chestnut Hill West, St. Martins, Carpenter Lane, Queen Lane, Highland & Tulpehocken Station
Fox Chase Line | Olney Station
Lansdale/Doylestown Line | North Hills, Oreland, Ambler & Colmar Station
Manayunk/Norristown Line | Norristown Transportation Center Garage
Paoli/Thorndale Line | Thorndale, Downingtown, Whitford, Daylesford, Berwyn Station
Trenton Line | Cornwells Heights, Bristol & Croydon Station
(Free street parking is usually available under Holmesburg Jct. Station)
Wilmington/Newark Line | Glenolden & Sharon Hill Station

Please note, Overnight Parking is not permitted at the following
stations: (Don’t stay too late at After Ride Parties)
Regional Rail: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr,
Villanova, Wissahickon, Ivy Ridge, Elkins Park, East Falls,
Downingtown, Doylestown, Swarthmore, Sharon Hill and Queen Lane.
Norristown High Speed Line: Ardmore Jct. and Villanova

More information and other links can be found at:

S.E.P.T.A.’s Bike Policy:

P.A.T.Co.’s Bike Policy:

Q: Are there any travel discounts if I’m coming from out of town?

A. Amtrak has graciously provided us a 10% discount for the 2018 PNBR Participants. Bikes can be brought on some trains, or checked as baggage to 30th St. Station, Philadelphia, which will be within biking distance of the start of the Ride. Remember, we Ride on Sat., 9/8/18.
The info is a little long, but it’s Amtrak’s exact offer:

You may present this information to the Amtrak Ticket Agent or your
Travel Agent to assist them in providing you with this discount
Fare Code Number: X16I-999
Valid for Travel: September 5, 2018 – September 11, 2018
Philadelphia 10th Annual Bike Ride
Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Philadelphia, PA between the above dates. Includes travel up to three days prior to the convention start date and three days following the last day of the meeting. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X16I-999 when making your reservation. Conventions cannot be booked via Internet. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Express service. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.
Thank you for considering Amtrak in your travel plans.

Q: I have a question that isn’t addressed here. Who can I contact for more info?

A: Send us and email:


post a comment or message our Facebook page,

we will respond as soon as possible.

Congratulations! You made it to the end of the FAQ’s! Now go out there and invite your friends and tell them why they’ll love riding with us.


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