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Seven start points for "bigger than ever" event, with nearly 20 other British towns and cities hosting similar rides this year...

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.

World Naked Bike Ride London route 2017.JPG

World Naked Bike Ride London route 2017.JPG

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.

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Velovoyeur [32 posts] 4 months ago
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Cue comments about hard helmets, air bags, mini pumps, gel seats, protein bars and, no doubt, hundreds of others.

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hawkinspeter [905 posts] 4 months ago
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They should be careful that there's not too many elderly people on any of those routes in case someone has a stroke.

Are any of those roads cobbled? Asking as I haven't come that way before.

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BehindTheBikesheds [627 posts] 4 months ago
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I'll be doing one around the garden city on the day, see how many loops of the town centre I can get in before plod arrive. Seeing as we don't have a police station open to the public for about 9-10 miles I think I can get away with it for half the day (or until i get bored) and in any case it'' be good to piss off the usual town centre cretins.

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reliablemeatloaf [76 posts] 4 months ago
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Events like these don't help cycling's credibility.

What other group that wants to be taken seriously, and has legitimate concerns, stages clownish stunts like this?

 

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oldstrath [828 posts] 4 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Events like these don't help cycling's credibility.

What other group that wants to be taken seriously, and has legitimate concerns, stages clownish stunts like this?

 

Again this stuff about 'the cycling community' as though I have some responsibility for how people at the other end of the country choose to behave, merely because we use the same form of transport.

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SingleSpeed [334 posts] 4 months ago
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That photograph is False Advertising...I've seen Naked Rides and trust me they don't look like those two...

*Shudder*

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ChancerOnABike [39 posts] 4 months ago
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There's one in seattle every year. It's brilliant. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FCzJ98gW8hs

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ChairRDRF [361 posts] 4 months ago
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If, like the guy in the picture, you are using a hire bike, use a plastic bag or similar over the saddle.

Pleeeeaaaase!

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ConcordeCX [394 posts] 4 months ago
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Balloons seem to have taken over the role of tiny little wisps of gauze these days. Of course, you don't get gauze floating around in the air these days, not like in Renaissance times. What's the world coming to?

see 5:14

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BVvZTHCDm-s

 

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bogbrush [38 posts] 4 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Events like these don't help cycling's credibility.

What other group that wants to be taken seriously, and has legitimate concerns, stages clownish stunts like this?

 

Were you at the cycling AGM? These rides were discussed at length. Support for continued participation only passed by a few votes. Now we're all forced to join in for another year. If you really cared so much about this issue you would have come along and voted it down

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peakingintwomonths [30 posts] 4 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

 elderly people on any of those routes in case someone has a stroke.

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the rest have to be a bit quicker about  it.

 

The spirit of The Two Ronnies lives on

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JonD [473 posts] 4 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Events like these don't help cycling's credibility.

What other group that wants to be taken seriously, and has legitimate concerns, stages clownish stunts like this?

 

Aside from missing the point of these rides, perhaps you need to pull the stIck out of your arse. Cycling comprises all sorts.

Unless removing your shorts to do so is a problem..

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brooksby [2506 posts] 4 months ago
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reliablemeatloaf wrote:

Events like these don't help cycling's credibility.

What other group that wants to be taken seriously, and has legitimate concerns, stages clownish stunts like this

What is this "cycling community " of which you speak?

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Redvee [347 posts] 4 months ago
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I'll spare the people of Bristol the horror of seeing me without lycra etc as I'm working but will be commuting on my bike.

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Beecho [155 posts] 4 months ago
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Redvee wrote:

I'll spare the people of Bristol the horror of seeing me without lycra etc as I'm working but will be commuting on my bike.

Yeah, seeing me -in- Lycra is bad enough as it is.

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brooksby [2506 posts] 4 months ago
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ChairRDRF wrote:

If, like the guy in the picture, you are using a hire bike, use a plastic bag or similar over the saddle.

Pleeeeaaaase!

It does seem a lot of people in that picture are using the Bikes Formerly Known As Boris. Did they not want to use their own bikes when riding commando?

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Jackson [373 posts] 4 months ago
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If you're concerned about hiring a Boris bike which may have been ridden nude, then you're not going to be happy if someone ever explains the concept of a public toilet to you. 

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DrG82 [154 posts] 4 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

If you're concerned about hiring a Boris bike which may have been ridden nude, then you're not going to be happy if someone ever explains the concept of a public toilet to you. 

If you sit on a toilet the same way you sit on a bike saddle you're doing it wrong.
Anyway, this is immaterial as since the government has started squeezing the councils the only ones I see are locked up.

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dottigirl [765 posts] 4 months ago
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SingleSpeed wrote:

That photograph is False Advertising...I've seen Naked Rides and trust me they don't look like those two...

I keep returning to that pic. Just for research purposes, of course...

 

I remember getting caught up in one of these in London when Nocturne (or a similar event) was on the same afternoon. Being in skin-tight club kit when all around are naked was an interesting experience. And put me off Boris Bikes for life.  *Shudder*

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ktache [609 posts] 4 months ago
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DrG82 wrote:

If you sit on a toilet the same way you sit on a bike saddle you're doing it wrong..

I have often wondered what those large cutaways were in some modern saddles

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PRINCIPIA PHIL [59 posts] 4 months ago
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Looking at the accompanying photo I couldn't help but wonder if the male wasn't a regular cyclist at all, merely a "player" who was using the event to his advantage by hiring a bike for the day to widen his opportunities (no that's not a euphanism!)