At least there'll be somewhere to park their bikes! Thousands of cyclists dare to bare for the World Naked Bike Ride – Daily Mail


Thousands of cyclists in cities across the country have shed their clothes all to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.

The dress code for the event is ‘bare as you dare’ and full or partial nudity is encouraged.

The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world, and hopes to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, while protesting against the dangers of the car-obsessed culture in cities.

Naked cyclists wave to onlookers as they cycle nude in central London as part of the annual World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday afternoon

Naked cyclists wave to onlookers as they cycle nude in central London as part of the annual World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday afternoon

Naked cyclists wave to onlookers as they cycle nude in central London as part of the annual World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday afternoon

A woman prepares for the ride in Manchester's All Saints Park on Friday. The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world

A woman prepares for the ride in Manchester's All Saints Park on Friday. The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world

A woman prepares for the ride in Manchester’s All Saints Park on Friday. The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world

The ride hopes to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road

The ride hopes to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road

The even also aims to protest against the dangers of the car-obsessed culture in the city

The even also aims to protest against the dangers of the car-obsessed culture in the city

The ride hopes to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, while protesting against the dangers of the car-obsessed culture in the city

The event took place in the capital on Saturday with nude participants seen here assembling near the Tower of London

The event took place in the capital on Saturday with nude participants seen here assembling near the Tower of London

The event took place in the capital on Saturday with nude participants seen here assembling near the Tower of London

Riders wearing masks, body paint and helmets cycle along Westminster Bridge

Riders wearing masks, body paint and helmets cycle along Westminster Bridge

Other participants take selfies in front of Elizabeth Tower

Other participants take selfies in front of Elizabeth Tower

Riders wearing masks, body paint and helmets cycle along Westminster Bridge and take selfies in front of Elizabeth Tower

The event took place in Manchester on Friday evening with cyclists in London taking part on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow will be Brighton’s turn.

Participants travelling across the world from have been invited to turn up with a bike and encouraged to paint their bodies with pro-cycling messages.

The routes see peddlers ride past famous landmarks including Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden in London and  St Peter’s Square and Town Hall in Manchester.

In Manchester one rider had the message ‘fragile’ painted on his back, another wore a giant inflatable globe and others painted themselves with black and yellow stripes to resemble bees, or with the worker bee symbol, to celebrate the city of Manchester and to pay tribute to those who died in the Manchester Arena bombing last month.

Becca Warren, from Stretford, proudly took part in the ride with her friend and housemate.

She said: ‘I’ve done this event almost every year. This year we wanted to go with a Manchester bee theme to pay tribute and to celebrate Manchester. And bees are important to our existence.’

Joe Smith from Withington, who had his back painted with bee symbols, added: ‘We want to pay tribute to this great city.’

Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on.

Organisers of the World Naked Bike Ride have explained why cyclists get away with baring all, stating that nudity is not illegal in England, as was established in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. But using nudity to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal. 

Participants travelling across the world from have been invited to turn up with a bike and encouraged to paint their bodies with pro-cycling messages

Participants travelling across the world from have been invited to turn up with a bike and encouraged to paint their bodies with pro-cycling messages

Participants travelling across the world from have been invited to turn up with a bike and encouraged to paint their bodies with pro-cycling messages

An inked cyclist salutes as she rides past the camera

An inked cyclist salutes as she rides past the camera

An Australian man gets ready for the event in the park

An Australian man gets ready for the event in the park

An inked cyclist salutes as she rides past the camera, left, and right, an Australian man gets ready for the event in the park

Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on

Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on

Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on

Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on

Look, no hands! Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on

The dress code for the event is 'bare as you dare' and full or partial nudity is encouraged by organisers

The dress code for the event is 'bare as you dare' and full or partial nudity is encouraged by organisers

The dress code for the event is ‘bare as you dare’ and full or partial nudity is encouraged by organisers

A politically-minded rider used the ride to show off his party preference with a Labour rosette round his neck

A politically-minded rider used the ride to show off his party preference with a Labour rosette round his neck

A politically-minded rider used the ride to show off his party preference with a Labour rosette round his neck

A politically-minded rider used the ride to show off his party preference with a Labour rosette round his neck

A politically-minded rider used the ride to show off his party preference with a Labour rosette round his neck

Nudity is not illegal in England as long as it is not used to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal

Nudity is not illegal in England as long as it is not used to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal

Nudity is not illegal in England as long as it is not used to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal



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