As events in the capital’s annual calendar go, the World Naked Bike Ride is probably one of the most unconventional. Not only is it the one occasion you’ll witness a Black Cab driver compliment a cyclist (on their perfectly toned arse cheeks, most likely), but it’s also the only time you’ll hear of a multi-person ‘naked ride’ involving oil and chains in a family-friendly context.
In protest against car culture and oil dependency in cities across the globe, for the past ten years the World Naked Bike Ride has been raising people’s awareness to the harmful effects of motor vehicle gases on the environment one eyeful of flesh at a time.
Ahead of this year’s London ride (the date of which is yet to be announced but previous years’ rides have taken place mid-June), ride organisers are on the hunt for volunteers. Before you wince at the thought of your lengthy leg hair getting caught in the chain, it’s not unclad cyclists that organisers are after: no, the WNBR are looking for people to help run and marshal various race start points across the city.
So if you can’t quite bring yourself to go butt naked in the name of a cracking cause, show your support by offering your fully-clothed services at this year’s cycle instead. Have your tyres pumped and your trousers ready to drop for when the date of London’s World Naked Bike Ride is officially announced. We’ll be keeping you posted. Liz Darke
For more details about this year’s World Naked Bike Ride, check out our event listing.