Have you ever fancied doing something a little different in order to make a statement? In a celebration of cycling and the vulnerability of the human body, the London World Naked Bike Ride will be taking place throughout London this Saturday the 13th June. To get to London, all you need to do is hire a 16 seater minibus, if you’re travelling with friends, or a full size private coach if you’re travelling in a larger group of 49 or 61 for example, get on your bike and then ride.
The choice is up to you but since 2007, following negotiations with the local police, full nudity has been permitted at the event. It depends on how willing you are to strip it all off in the name of bikes and awareness!
Riders of all experiences are permitted and whether you plan on going completely in the buff, or you fancy cycling in a little bit more than your birthday suit, all are welcome.
The naked bike ride has been used in order to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclist on the road and to protest against car culture. It has become something of a tradition to ride every year and is incredibly popular, with rides occurring throughout the summer in different countries. If you fancy yourself a ride enthusiast you could even travel to other countries and participate in more than one ride!
It has shown to be a chance for all riders to get on their bikes and prove the bicycle to be an effective and inexpensive mode of transport for travelling in large cities. With more and more car owners racing through the roads, it can get extremely busy, particularly in London. For cyclists this can be a dangerous environment. However cyclists are also privy to a number of benefits that you wouldn’t have while in a car.
Cycling is a great way to travel anywhere and it also proves to be a good source of exercise, whether you’re cycling to work or you just like to go out for a ride for leisure.
There are six starting points for the 2015 London Naked Bike ride; Tower Hill, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kings Cross, Clapham Junction and West Norwood. Assembly at West Norwood and Clapham Junction is at 12:00 and 14:45 respectively, with a 14:30 and 15:00 departure. For the other four starting points, assembly is at 14:30 with a 15:00 departure time.
Five of the starting points will merge at Piccadilly Circus and Vauxhall Bridge, merging together with Tower Hill at Westminster Bridge so that the entire party can finish the ride at Wellington Arch together. It is important that you read the guidelines and make sure to wear clothes before and after the ride! You can’t turn up naked! Many cyclists also ride with their clothes in storage on their person so that they are prepared in a worst-case scenario.
Whether you’re a regular rider or you fancy doing something spontaneous, or you are just there for moral support on behalf of a friend, The London Naked Bike ride is certainly an event you don’t want to miss.