Portsmouth rain doesn't dampen enthusiasm of World Naked Bike Ride cyclists

Saturday's ride the first of a dozen to be held in towns and cities across England and Wales in the coming weeks

by Simon_MacMichael   May 26, 2014  

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Around 60 cyclists braved heavy rain in Portsmouth on Saturday as they took part in the fourth edition of the World Naked Bike Ride held in the Hampshire city.

It’s the first of a dozen such rides in towns and cities across England and Wales over the coming two months during a year in which the World Naked Bike Ride, now staged in dozens of locations across the globe, celebrates its 10th birthday.

Aims of the rides include highlighting the fragility of the human body and issues such as the impact on the environment of dependency on cars as a mode of transport.

Saturday’s ride was organised by Ian Henden from Fareham, who told Portsmouth News: “This is bike ride number four. It’s about cyclists getting knocked off their bikes and raising cyclist awareness.

“It’s a carnival. It’s just good fun – the atmosphere and it gets a serious message across.

“We get all sorts – there’s a fair number of naturists, persons of alternative sexual persuasion tend to come out on it too.

“People who want to see what it’s like come out on it too, we don’t have any trouble.”

The newspaper says that a dozen people from France joined in the ride, and that a number of students from the University of Portsmouth turned out to watch.

One, Erica Feng, said: “It’s funny, and being from China it’s a new thing.

“I have never seen this before. My friends don’t enjoy doing it but they came here to watch.”

One first-time participant, Hannah Cripps, said: “I thought it would be fun. People thought I couldn’t do it.

“Now I can really say I’ve been cycling down Southsea with no clothes on.

“Hopefully no-one will recognise me.”

Some pictures from the ride have been posted to the website Demotix.

Portsmouth News says that the event didn’t meet with universal approval, citing several posts on its Facebook page from people concerned at children seeing adults cycling around naked.

One, Joanne Trueman, said: “Disgusting! Kids do not need to see this. Why should I cover my kids eyes? Grown adults shouldn’t be naked in public. It’s as simple as that!”

Ahead of the debut of the World Naked Bike Ride in Portsmouth in 2011, around 1,500 locals signed a petition calling for it to be banned.

However, police said they had no powers to do so and the event passed off without incident.

Other towns and cities here hosting a leg of the World Naked Bike Ride in the coming weeks are:

Canterbury 31 May
Hastings 1 June
Manchester 6 June
Bristol 7 June
Brighton 8 June
Cardiff 14 June
London 14 June
York 20 June
Exeter 28 June
Folkestone 5 July
Clacton 19 July

More details can be found by following the links here.

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Kind of disappointed this article didnt have a photo gallery with it.
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posted by Some Fella [766 posts]
26th May 2014 - 21:08

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"Disgusting! Kids do not need to see this. Why should I cover my kids eyes? Grown adults shouldn’t be naked in public. It’s as simple as that!”

Well indeed: why SHOULD you cover your kids' eyes? These are just human bodies, everyone has one. Children don't find nudity disgusting naturally, it's a learned response from you. Don't teach them to fear and be repulsed by it as you are. No doubt their natural reaction will be curiosity so use it as an opportunity to discuss the issue with your child. Or am I hoping for way too much?

Claud Butler Regent 2013/Trek Madone 2.1 2015

posted by EarsoftheWolf [24 posts]
26th May 2014 - 23:15

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Dunno that I'd fancy a naked bike ride with my saddle. Is a strip of chamois allowed?

posted by Peter Whitten [3 posts]
27th May 2014 - 13:08

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I'm sure when it reaches London, the Police will be on hand advising them to wear a helmet and hi-viz vest.

Oh, and for anyone taking part, please don't hire a boris bike.

posted by bikebot [556 posts]
27th May 2014 - 14:35

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I don't think anyone would appreciate the view under my Selle Italia SLR saddle Sick

posted by barongreenback [20 posts]
27th May 2014 - 15:24

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Every serious study into the effects of nudity on children has shown that it is completely harmless and most studies actually show benefits to the child's future confidence. Being prudish about nudity and "protecting" children from it has been shown to be harmful in so many ways. We are not born afraid of our own bodies, but far too many are taught to feel that way. There is no good reason for it.
http://o2binsxm.com/childrenandsocialnudity.htm
http://www.bn.org.uk/community/files/file/570-children-and-nudity/

If God had meant us to be naked, we'd have been born without clothes.

posted by BritishNaturism [4 posts]
30th May 2014 - 14:59

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I can report that the Hastings ride on Sunday was a success. It was a pleasure to take part in, with a great atmosphere and well supported by the Police and local council. Hoping more people get involved next year and anyone considering taking part in the UK rides still to come this year should definitely give it a go.
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posted by AleBeRiding [13 posts]
2nd June 2014 - 12:08

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