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Streaking through the streets: World Naked Bike Ride hits the UK

Protesters stage festival style parade of nudity and pedal power

Hundreds of people have spent the weekend streaking through the streets as World Naked Bike Ride has hit the UK again.

Around 250 people took part in Manchester's ninth annual ride, raising awareness for cycle safety and other issues, their bodies painted with slogans including ‘See me now?’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive.’

Hundreds more took to the streets of London to protest against the culture of car and oil dependency.

Andrew Fisher, 37, who helped organise the event, told the Daily Mirror: "It’s all about getting cyclists to be more visible on roads.

"Drivers say they don’t see you, we’re saying cyclists need to be seen to get their fair share of the road.

"We think around 250 people have taken part this year, and every year the event gets bigger. The atmosphere was brilliant."

Supermarket worker Abi Hurcombe, 23, said: "Everyone has been so friendly and it was really fun. I started wearing a bikini top but then I just ended up taking it off."

A ride marshall in Manchester had to deal with an impatient moped rider but police said that there were no other incidents.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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