World Naked Bike Ride 2017: Hundreds of cyclists strip off to protest ‘car culture’ of city


Hundreds of cyclists stripped off and rode through London to protest the city’s “car culture” for the annual World Naked Bike Ride.

Naked or partially clothed cyclists paraded through the capital to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists, protest the use of oil and celebrate “body freedom”.

The annual ride, which launched in 2004, trails through the city past central London landmarks including Whitehall, Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Covent Garden, The Mall and Wellington Arch, where the race finishes. 

Participants of all shapes, sizes and ages are encouraged to strip off – as much as they dare – and adorn themselves in body paint and colourful decorations.

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Protest: The route passes through central London

It is part of a global event which, as well as protesting the use of cars, aims to encourage drivers to be more vigilant of cyclists on the roads.

naked bike ride in London 🙈🙊 pic.twitter.com/xTVVdADRFw

— Maninder Grewal (@grewal_02) June 10, 2017

Lots of naked bike riders in Central London! pic.twitter.com/M5klgu2kg5

— Dave Harding (@davehrdng) June 10, 2017

Some cyclists painted themselves with messages such as “burn fat not oil” and others wrote “why can’t I do this every day”.

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Protest: Hundreds of naked cyclists in Westminster (Rex Features)

Bystanders took to social media to express their bafflement or delight at seeing the crowd of naked riders.

Only in London would you see at the very least over 200 naked bike riders going round Trafalgar Square 😎😎

— Roger Green (@RogerGreen16) June 10, 2017

passed by the World Naked Bike Ride in London.. uh ohh.. 🙈🙈🙈

— Szan Angelica Caye (@angelicaye_xo) June 10, 2017

One person wrote: “Just witnessed a group on a naked bike ride through London. It was quite magical in its own mad way.”

Another wrote: “So…. just witnessed the naked bike riders going through London central. Very cheerful bunch too. #LoveLondon”

And one added: “Naked bike ride past Downing Street, god I Iove this city!!”

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