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PHILADELPHIA - Thousands of bicyclists dared to be bare for the city's annual nude ride promoting positive body image, cycling advocacy, and fuel conservation.
About 3,000 people gathered Saturday for the eighth annual Philly Naked Bike Ride through the city's streets. They set off from a park near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Sylvester Stallone ran up the steps in the "Rocky" movies.
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The 12-mile ride through the City of Brotherly Love is among many related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement. The riders pedal through the City of Brotherly Love past popular spots such as Independence Hall and Rittenhouse Square, where crowds cheer them on.
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Organizers say it's an invitation to be naked, but they want people to be comfortable and have fun no matter how much skin they expose.
Deifer said he painted hundreds of them in Wildfire Visible Luminescent Paint colors including brilliant yellow, bright orange, and deep blue.
PNBR volunteer Magda Esposito, a former chef and librarian, posed au naturel for fliers and videos promoting the event, went on test rides to help design this year's route and vetted photographers seeking access to the pre-ride bodypainting area. She said she donated her time because she was inspired by the ride's causes.