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Riders had stopped to stage die-in at city's St Helen's Square...

A woman taking tea at the iconic Bettys Café Tea Rooms in York knocked on the window to ask a man to move - so she could get a better look at the people participating in the city's 12th annual World Naked Bike Ride.

People taking part in the ride, now held in more than 100 cities worldwide and which acts as a protest against car and fossil fuel dependency while also highlighting the fragility of the human body, had stopped to stage a die-in at the city's St Helen's Square.

The woman, who was sitting at a window seat with a male companion, gave the man standing outside a thumbs-up when he stepped aside to give her an unrestricted view of proceedings.

The footage was filmed by David Dunning of Minster FM, which has his full video report here.

The remaining legs of the World Naked Bike Ride to be held in the UK this year will take place in Newcastle-Gateshead and Folkestone this Saturday 1 July, in Worthing the following day, in Colchester on 8 July and a week later, on 15 July, in Clacton.

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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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Yorkshire wallet [1575 posts] 5 months ago
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Obviously Bettys don't serve sausages.

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simonmb [565 posts] 5 months ago
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"I nearly had a stroke"

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FatBoyW [246 posts] 5 months ago
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Surely if this was a story about an old man doing this we would be disgusted by the objectification and  ogling of the pervert? 

Seriously though whilst It is funny - it also shows how well the  ride works at getting noticed I do hope they also got the message as to why they were riding so apparently vulnerable.

 

nah she's just a lecherous old woman!