York goes wheely naked in protest bike ride

Suns out, bums out…


Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets to bare all in a naked protest ride this weekend.

The bareback riders took park in the York World Naked Bike Ride as a protest against oil usage and car culture and a celebration of individuality and cycling.

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Thousands of onlookers got an eyeful as the riders, wearing nothing or just body paint, set off from Millenium Bridge, past York Racecourse and into the city.


Elise Robinson, 22, this year’s ride leader, said: “The naked bike ride is important to me as I think roads for cyclists can be dangerous.

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“I think it is a very good way of getting the message across – well it’s definitely not going to go unnoticed and riding naked makes me feel liberated. Society shouldn’t be so problematic about naked bodies.”

Rider Mike Smith, 49, said: “If my plucking up the courage to go naked and cycle through the city streets watched by thousands brings enough awareness to people, that one accident is prevented, one life is saved, then I’m happy to be brave.”

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