'Now you see me': Naked bike parade attracts hundreds in Brazil (PHOTOS)
Occasionally held in various parts of the world, the event (called ‘Pedalada Pelada’ in Brazil) took place on Saturday night in several Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro.
"With the nudity, we cease to be invisible in traffic and draw attention to the violence that pedestrians and cyclists suffer,” Marcella Marconi, 33, one of the participants, told local media outlet A Tarde.
Some cyclists had "now you see me" signs written on their bodies.
"The nakedness of the intention is to show how we are naked in traffic. Unlike cars, we have nothing to protect us," another participant, 28-year-old Aila added. She has been using a bike as a means of transport for 10 years.
Total nudity wasn’t mandatory, so some people wore underwear or swimsuits.
"Despite the suggestion to go without clothes, it is not required,” Marconi said.
In addition to violence, the parade also aims to raise society's awareness of the problem of pollution.
"This means of transport is not motorized, so it doesn’t pollute," Marconi said.