The World Naked Bike Ride returns to Columbus to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists, promote alternative transportation and celebrate the beauty of the human form. The ride will begin at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative, 174 E. 5th Ave.

Riders will travel between two and three miles through the Short North and return to the co-op. The route: North High Street. The motto: "As Bare as You Dare." [Full info]

Weird, right? Maybe not as weird as it sounds. The press release stated:

"What motorists and participants are to expect is a safe, short ride of at least 300 or more cyclists that will avoid residential areas as much as possible. Several informal bike rides such as the Monday Night Ride and the Alley Cat Races are of similar size and have occurred in Columbus without significant interruption of traffic.

"The World Naked Bike Ride has been intentionally scheduled late on a Saturday night to avoid contact with children and to coincide with rides in other cities around the world. Most participants will be painted or otherwise costumed, similar in many respects to the various stages of friendly undress found at ComFest and Gay Pride.

No doubt there will be a significant number of cyclists wearing only shoes. This is not a drunken or overtly sexual ride and this is explicitly addressed in all of our promotion of the event. We want all participants and other motorists to feel safe...that's the point!"