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Hundreds take to London’s streets for World Naked Bike Ride (+video)

Protest ride returns after last year’s edition was held virtually due to coronavirus pandemic

Hundreds of cyclists have taken to London’s streets in the buff today as the World Naked Bike Ride returned to the capital after a two-year absence, with the 2020 event held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Feeder rides from locations including Clapham Junction, Croydon, Deptford, Hyde Park, Kew Bridge, Regent’s Park, Tower Hill and Victoria Park converged in the city centre for the main event.

The World Naked Bike Ride’s motto is to “Go as bare as you dare,” and while most participants did just that, others were more comfortable wearing at least some underwear.

Organisers also laid out guidelines on social distancing beforehand, and the usual afterparty did not take place.

“After 26 months, WNBR London finally rides again on Saturday for the London leg,” they said last month.

“Supporters have been clamouring for the ride to go ahead and, with the removal of the 30-person restriction, the ride is back on. #

“Despite the government’s removal of measures, the ride will have many adjustments to reduce the risks from Covid-19. In particular, we are shortening the stationary gatherings and have cancelled the afterparty.”

The ride is cleared in advance with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, in England public nudity is not illegal unless there is intent to cause alarm or distress to others – something that not everyone who sees it go past is aware of. EMBED

First held in Seattle in 2003, with the debut edition in London taking place the following year, the World Naked Bike Ride is now held in more than 120 cities around the world.

Its objectives are to:

Protest against the global dependency on oil

Curb car culture

Obtain real rights for cyclists

Demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets

Celebrate body freedom.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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AlsoSomniloquism | 2 years ago

I did chuckle at this reaction on the replies to Paul Brown (along with text translated emojis from the copy and paste). 

Julie Diane @juliediane Aug 14
I’ve just noticed how many are on Boris bikes! That’s well out of order! Face screaming in fear
Lyn Bernard @LynBern96289618 Aug 14
I wonder if the hire rate goes down after today. Astonished faceAstonished faceAstonished face
Julie Diane @juliediane Aug 14
If people have seen this it will!

HoarseMann | 2 years ago

Judging by the field of beer guts & boobs, this is possibly the only cycling event that I'm in great shape for!

0-0 | 2 years ago
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Would you be classed as overdressed if you wore a Heart Rate Monitor, on these rides?

RoubaixCube replied to 0-0 | 2 years ago
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I thought a bow tie would probably a bit more acceptable.

Mungecrundle replied to RoubaixCube | 2 years ago
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Surely a little dickie bow would be appropriate?

RoubaixCube replied to Mungecrundle | 2 years ago
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that too. Got to keep soldiers looking their breast.

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