The route has been announced for next month’s London leg of the World Naked Bike Ride, the fourteenth time the city has welcomed the event, with organisers promising that it will be “bigger than ever” with more than 1,000 riders expected to take part.
The event, founded in 2004 and with a dress code of “bare as you dare,” seeks to highlight the fragility of the human body, as well as acting as a protest against oil dependency and car-centric transport policies.
There will be seven start points to the ride on Saturday 10 June, four of those in the centre of the capital at Hyde Park, Kings’ Cross, Regent’s Park and Tower Hill.
The other three start points are all south of the Thames, with a feeder rider from Kew Bridge joining up with other riders at Clapham Junction, and another ride heading into the city centre from West Norwood.
Full details of the start points are:
Tower Hill, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Trinity Square Gardens
King’s Cross, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Lewis Cubitt Park
West Norwood, 11:00 body painting, 14:00 assembly, 14:30 departure, Norwood Rd
Hyde Park, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, North Carriage Drive
Regents Park, 14:30 assembly, 15:00 departure, Cumberland Green
Clapham Junction, 14:30 assembly, 14:45 departure, Grant Road
Kew Bridge, timing to be confirmed.
Timings are subject to change and will be updated if necessary on the World Naked Bike Ride London Facebook page, with the event expected to finish between 1730 and 1800.
The rides are scheduled to converge at Westminster Bridge, and afterwards, there will be an optional return ride to West Norwood, where a barbecue will be held, with all participants welcome.
Organisers stress that the ride has been cleared in advance with the police, adding that “contrary to popular belief, since the Sexual Offences Act 2003, in England nakedness is not illegal unless you are doing it intending to alarm or distress someone – which clearly is not the intention of WNBR.”
World Naked Bike Rides are now held in more than 120 locations globally, and besides London will take place in the coming months in the following towns and cities throughout Great Britain:
Scheduled WNBR Rides in the UK
Brighton Sunday, 11 June 2017
Bristol Sunday, 4 June 2017
Cambridge Saturday, 17 June 2017
Canterbury Saturday, 27 May 2017
Cardiff Saturday, 17 June 2017
Chelmsford Saturday, 24 June 2017
Clacton Saturday, 15 July 2017
Colchester Saturday, 8 July 2017
Edinburgh Saturday, 10 June 2017
Exeter Saturday, 24 June 2017
Folkestone Saturday, 1 July 2017
Manchester Friday, 9 June 2017
Newcastle-Gateshead Saturday, 1 July 2017
Portsmouth Sunday, 9 July 2017
Southampton Friday, 2 June 2017
Worthing Sunday, 2 July 2017
York Sunday, 25 June 2017
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.