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World Naked Bike Ride comes to London

The London stage of the annual event, protesting oil dependency and car dominance, takes place on Saturday 11 June

This Saturday hundreds of naked people on bikes are set to hit the streets of London to protest oil dependency and car dominance.

On 11 June, the London stage of the global annual event, will see scores of people on bikes meet, strip off and cycle a nine mile route of central London, passing Parliament, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Its purpose is to highlight the vulnerability of human beings to motor traffic, promote cycling and celebrate the individuality of the human body.

World Naked Bike Ride returns to the UK

Organisers say it is “time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create,” and explain that they face traffic naked to highlight the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians.

Advice on stripping off is provided for riders on the day. The website says: “Do not undress until just before the protest moves off, as this will undermine our positive relationship with the authorities. There is no law against nudity in Britain, but please don't exercise your right to nudity in London before the ride, as it will impact on our ability to make arrangements with police.”

Organisers advise riders bring clothes with them on the ride.

It adds: “Feel free to undress in the UK at any other time of the year, as this will not have any impact on the WNBR.”

Riders will set out from six starting points: Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kings Cross, Tower Hill, Clapham Junction and West Norwood, and converge at Westminster Bridge, before riding to Wellington Arch via a nine mile anti-clockwise loop of Central London.

There are 14 more UK rides through to July, with the Brighton leg taking place the day after the London event, on 12 June.

There are 6 start points for this year's ride:

Hyde Park, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, North Carriage Drive, nearest post code: W1H 7EL

Regents Park, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Cumberland Green, nearest post code: NW1 4HA

Kings Cross, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Granary Square, N1C 4AA

Clapham Junction, NEW TIME: 14:30 assembly, 14:45 departure, Grant Road, SW11 2NU

West Norwood, 12:00 assembly, 14:30 departure, Knights Hill, SE27 0JD

Tower Hill, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Tower Hill, EC3N 4DJ

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