World Naked Bike Ride - Bristol

Posted on June 10, 2016 by Cherilyn Charlton

Like the name suggests ‘World Naked Bike Ride’ takes place all over the world. From the United Kingdom to Japan, from Russia to the United States, it’s huge!

I decided to show my support by attending Bristol’s Naked Bike Ride. I thought it only apt working within the footwear industry and most riders sporting nothing but shoes!

This years event took place on Saturday, 4th June and I was lucky enough to witness the riders in all their glory! Body paint, slogans, jiggly bits.

Cyclists were urged to lose as many clothes as they want and ride through the city in a celebration of bikes and bodies.

The cycle kicked off from The Full Moon Backpacker Hotel in North Street, Stokes Croft before heading around the city.

Amongst all the fun we are not to forget that the event is held for a really great cause. According to the United Nations, close to a million species of plants and animals could disappear from the face of the earth in the next 50 years as a result of greenhouse gasses being released primarily from motor vehicles.

The event was advertised on Facebook stating the following from the organisers : "Join a celebration of bikes and bodies, highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists on our crowded roads; a peaceful, powerful demonstration against car culture and oil-dependency.”

"There will be body painting, flags and banners, horns to sound and whistles to blow.”

"Nudity is not compulsory! The theme is 'as bare as you dare'."

Since 2004, cities across the world have experienced the joy of the world's largest naked event promoting cycling. 

Some words from some of the riders:

“We paint our bodies and decorate our bikes with political messages or beautiful designs to complement our forms." 

“Getting people to laugh and smile is a great way to connect and share ideas in a non-threatening way.”

The whole event was so much fun! What better way to get the message across?  

World Naked Bike Ride is taking place in London this weekend... do you dare to bare?


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