Thousands of cyclists shed their Lycra yesterday (13 June) to take part in Naked Bike Ride events all over the world.
Globally more than 10,000 people take part in rides, designed to celebrate nakedness, draw attention to cyclists’ vulnerability and protest against oil dependency.
An estimated 3,000 riders were expected to join the main UK rides yesterday in London, Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and York. Smaller rides were planned in Belfast, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Oxford, and Totnes.
A spokesman for the Naked Bike Ride said, “It was a great success, with more rides and more riders than ever before. This year saw the first rides in Italy and Ireland and a newly extended ride in London starting from near Heathrow. The London ride now runs so smoothly that the police no longer see any need to escort us. There's been more media interest than ever before too - perhaps because of the dreadful BP situation in the Gulf.”
Thanks to Brighton photographer Heather Buckley for her shot of one of yesterday’s Brighton riders. To see more, visit her Flickr pages.