Nine naked bike rides across London draw attention to drivers 'clogging up our streets'

The Great British weather performed for the campaigners

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A total of nine naked bike rides took place across London on Saturday.

The riders - an estimated 1,000+ - took to their bikes, wearing either nothing or as little as they deemed possible.

The riders were campaigning against the global dependency on oil, and car culture. Some also painted messages on their skin, such as "can you see me now?" - pointing to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. 

The annual ride - first hosted in London in 2004 - takes place across 200 cities, worldwide and is organsied by World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), with a goal to "curb car culture."

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Speaking about London, the group said: "In London our problem with motor vehicles is not just private cars. Much of the threat to cyclists, along with the oil burning, pollution and congestion in Central London, comes from taxis, private hire vehicles, buses, coaches, vans, delivery vehicles, articulated lorries, tipper trucks, and people travelling in company cars on business."

"What do those drivers have in common? They are all clogging up our streets because they are paid to be there and someone else is picking up the costs."The danger is compounded by out-of-town drivers who are not used to driving on streets where there are more cyclists than drivers and bicycles can often go faster than motor vehicles."

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Rides began from 11am, depaeting nine locations: Croydon, Victoria Park, Deptford, Kew Bridge, Tower Hill, Wellington Arch, Clapham Junction, Regents Park, and Belvedere Road.

The group processions then met for a barbeque in Croydon, where clothes were "optional."

Brighton was another UK host, with another 1,000 naked riders estimated to take to the streets of the seaside city.

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A representative told the Brighton Argus: “We will cycle with sound systems and flags highlighting the many environmental and social issues which cycling and body freedom can address."

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.