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Naked bike riders urged to, ahem, keep things clean

Portland's World Naked Bike Ride rolls through city streets Saturday night, and police are urging riders to, well, keep things clean.

The Naked Bike Ride begins at about 9 p.m. when riders gather at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Riders start pedaling through city streets at about 10 p.m. The ride takes about 1 1/2 hours, depending on the pace of the bicycle parade. There's even an after-party planned under the Hawthorne Bridge.

It's all part of Pedalpalooza, which continues through June 26 in the city with more than 200 bike-related events.

Last year, the event attracted about 13,000 people who rode six to eight miles around the city in various stages of undress. The theme for the ride is 'Bare as You Dare.'

That's what has police a little concerned. The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers on duty for the ride (they'll be fully clothed, of course) and police hope riders keep things under control.

The bureau also reminded riders that people can be cited for public indecency if they are naked in public and involved in an act of sexual intercourse or exposing genitals 'with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person.'