The right to bear arms, and legs, and everything in-between
At Ridersmate we love all forms of riding events, and this particular one is rather cheeky! The World Naked Bike Ride couldn’t be more self-explanatory, with this year’s London edition taking place on Saturday 13 June. Partially a demonstration against oil dependency and the need to protect the environment, partially a celebration of the freedom of cycling and the human body, the original reason for the nudity is to highlight cyclists’ vulnerability and to demonstrate the destructive nature of cars versus the environmentally friendly bicycle. The question is, do you have the confidence to show off your hide as well as your ride?
How does it work?
The dress code motto is “bare as you dare”, with full or partial nudity encouraged but not essential. It’s actually a very friendly event, with over a thousand cyclists taking to London’s streets in many states of undress. Together they deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer and, something that’s been a hot topic lately, body-positive world. A lot of people wear silly hats, costume elements and body paint to express themselves even more, and you’re bound to see a few bikes that have been given an imaginative makeover with everything from tassels to loudspeakers.
Where else does it take place?
Between May and July there are over twenty UK cities taking part in the WNBR, from Portsmouth to Glasgow. If you can’t make it to London, you can find locations and dates here. If you live outside the UK, try the global WNBR site.
Is it illegal?
Actually, no. The WNBR London organisers have worked closely with the Metropolitan Police since 2005, often receiving supportive escorts and traffic control measures. However, we suggest limiting public nudity to this event only, as you may get in trouble if you strip off for your regular rides.
Will there be photographers?
Ooooohhhhhh yes. If you’re a bit shy you might want to keep your kit on, as everything from national media teams to members of the public with camera phones will be snapping away like crazy. Rather than trying to prevent this, WNBR London recommend that participants make absolutely sure beforehand that they want to remove clothing, rather than making a spur-of-the-moment decision.
How do I get involved?
Whether you want to ride or watch, bear all or remain covered, make peaceful demands for more cycle areas and safer riding or simply enjoy the day, you can find out full information on the WNBR UK website.
What about Ridersmate?
Well, maybe you won’t need your Ridersmate for this one, seeing how you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of fellow riders and even more spectators, so just make sure to stay safe. After all, if you’re particularly daring, we dread to think how you’d even attach the device.
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