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naked cyclists stopped on NE Weidler by Officer Snodgrass and at least one other

Portland police stopped a lawful naked biked ride this evening. The fifth and final naked ride of Pedalpalooza. The three other prior Pedalpalooza naked day rides had been free of police harassment.
This evening Portland police stopped the naked group of about 20 cyclists on NE Weidler at 22nd. We had been riding lawfully regarding traffice signals, lights, etc. No one was behaving inappropriately...just having a fun evening ride. One of the name of one of the officers was Snodgrass. Didn't get the name of the other who confronted we the cyclists. Snodgrass said he would not let us continue riding until we put clothes on. If we refused I'm not sure what he would have done...a citation or arrest. After intercepting the ride with his car (we were riding in the bike lane) Snodgrass lectured the group on what he felt was the inappropriateness of riding without clothes. He said it was illegal. After some discussion the riders complied with the police demand to put on clothes and left the scene.

I'm not a lawyer but I believe (evidence indicates) Officer Snodgrass lied to us about the legality of the ride.

 link to bikeportland.org

So Officer Snodgrass...during the next naked bike ride in Portland one or more persons will have a copy of the law to present to you....then what will you do. It's not our duty to please you Officer Snodgrass...it's about the law and the law is not on your side.

From that site....

Like I mentioned last week, the Portland Police Bureau is well aware that there will be over 10,000 naked people on bikes riding through the streets tomorrow night at the World Naked Bike Ride.

Today, the PPB released a press release about the event. Their statement is meant to give participants a legal context for the ride, in case anyone was curious about public nudity laws. Read the full statement below:


Being naked in public in Portland is legal if it falls within the guidelines of ORS 163.465, which are included below.

ORS 163.465. Public indecency

(1) A person commits the crime of public indecency if while in, or in view of, a public place the person performs:
(a) An act of sexual intercourse;
(b) An act of deviate sexual intercourse; or
(c) An act of exposing the genitals of the person with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person.

(a) Public indecency is a Class A misdemeanor.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, public indecency is a Class C felony if the person has a prior conviction for public indecency or a crime described in ORS 163.355 to 163.445 or for a crime in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would constitute public indecency or a crime described in ORS 163.355 to 163.445.

FUCK OFF! 30.Jun.2012 22:48


That's what you should tell the pigs. If they want to continue harassing you in violation of the law, it sounds like grounds for a lawsuit. Don't accommodate piggish behavior, challenge it!

pppffftt.... 01.Jul.2012 22:14


This is not an issue that is near the top of my priority list at the moment, but I feel like if it was to me, and for anyone to whom it is, the legality of it shouldn't matter. So is it "about the law" because if so then it isn't about ethics, and if it's not about ethics than I really don't care at all. The law is a useless obstruction of ethics, so citing legality on indymedia is about as annoying and priviledged as citing wealth as a precurser to right. I'm not saying that following unjust laws is always unstrategic, or untactical, but when you say things like "it's about the law" it makes conflicted in how I feel about your problems.

More ridiculous still is your presumption that citing law to the police is useful or meaningful. If you succeed in challenging a cop by citing law I will be amazed, not so much by the plasticity of the cops determination as by the amount of priviledge that you must be weilding to get the cop to even hear the words you are speaking. But try it I say. But what I would like to see if this happens to you again and this is my request, is present the law to the officer if you think that is worthwhile but if/when they tell you that they either don't care or don't think that you know what you are talking about, please please don't buckle and put your clothes back on unless you really don't care about your issue. Also... please don't scream outrage when the cops don't obey the law, if you don't know that the cops don't follow the law then please don't act like it's news to the world at large.

Actually 05.Jul.2012 09:22


Actually per city code it is illegal to ride your bicycle naked.

14A.40.030 Indecent Exposure.

It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex.

Just sayin'......