World Naked bike Ride London 2009

thehungrycyclist
thehungrycyclist Posts: 70
edited June 2009 in Commuting chat
Yesterday I was lucky enough to take part in and steward the London World Naked Bike Ride. Joining almost 2000 cyclist we took off our clothes and took to the streets of central London.

Here are some picture from a great day out.

http://www.thehungrycyclist.com/blog/20 ... -ride.html

Enjoy!

Tom
The Hungry Cyclist

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  • Aguila
    Aguila Posts: 622
  • oscarbudgie
    oscarbudgie Posts: 850
    Aguila wrote:
    Not a pretty sight.

    +1

    Proves that cycling doesn't always give you a nice body.
    Were there any accidents?
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  • Gavin Gilbert
    Gavin Gilbert Posts: 4,019
    Aguila wrote:
    Not a pretty sight.

    It's a generally accepted fact that people who like going naked in public are those who would be best advised to keep fully covered up.

    Last year I was handed a leaflet about this 'event' at Hyde Park Corner by what I can only describe as a garden gnome in courierwear. He was unappealing when clothed. Seeing his pee-wee is not something I would like to add to my list of life experiences.
  • oscarbudgie
    oscarbudgie Posts: 850
    Mingers on Bikes (MoB's)TM
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  • Retch
    Retch Posts: 78
    White saddle, anyone?
    FCN 5ish. Unless hungover.
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    WNBD is not a beauty contest, any activist movement that supports cycling and cyclists rights is worthy of support.

    The Manchester WNBD was stopped by the police for 20mins (even though the ride had been agreed prior to the event with senior officers), the police tried to force bikers to put on their clothes, when they realised most of them didn't have any with them they were allowed to continue.

    I didn't attend the event but I wish I had now, to video the behaviour of Manchester Police.


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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)
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  • redvee
    redvee Posts: 11,922
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    If you spoke nicely to Sarajoy, I'm sure she'd join the naked ladies of SCR
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • AndyManc wrote:
    WNBD is not a beauty contest, any activist movement that supports cycling and cyclists rights is worthy of support.

    ....
    .
    Exactly. The fact that the people haven't got what the media regard as "perfect bodies" is a major part of the idea I believe. It's about accepting that we all come in different shapes and sizes and should love ourselves and each other because not despite of that fact.

    If you want to see perfect bodies there's plenty of porn on the web. :roll:
    Pain is only weakness leaving the body
  • Aha - If I'd cliicked on The Hungry Cyclists' links first I could have told you that the event is...
    "A peaceful, imaginative and fun protest against oil dependency and car culture. A celebration of the bicycle and also a celebration of the power and individuality of the human body. A symbol of the vulnerability of the cyclist in traffic. The world's biggest naked protest:"

    Bt the way The Hungry Cyclist, I loved your book!
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  • prj45
    prj45 Posts: 2,208
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    A couple of photo's from the Manchester naked bike ride .

    Take a look at the copper in the background pretending to be on his radio ..... when in fact he's looking at that mans willy :shock:

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    and the lengths some people go to not be suspected at perving !!!

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  • tardington
    tardington Posts: 1,379
    I can see that cyclist's helmet. 8)


    *is proud*
  • prj45 wrote:
    Ah yes, Freewheeler. A most prolific blogger and all about the area where I live. I don't always agree 100% with what he says but I really admire his dedication and work ethic. Unfortunately there is no contact info or comment facility on the site to tell him to keep up the good work - or to direct him to things he has missed (not much that he does miss mind you!).
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  • prj45
    prj45 Posts: 2,208
    I don't always agree 100% with what he says but I

    He certainly takes the anti car thing a bit too far sometimes, but then we do need people to do that for some perspective.

    15 years ago I thought reclaim the streets were absolute nutters but these days after seeing the entrenched attitude of some car drivers I'm becoming quite militant myself.
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    redvee wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    If you spoke nicely to Sarajoy, I'm sure she'd join the naked ladies of SCR

    Sara scares me... just to be mean she'll probably take one look at me and finish laughing sometime the following week :oops:

    At least with the others, they'll only finish laughing after a day or so...

    Still I would get to enjoy a most enjoyable bike ride... :P

    Now I'm off to day dream.... :twisted:
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  • hisoka
    hisoka Posts: 541
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    redvee wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    If you spoke nicely to Sarajoy, I'm sure she'd join the naked ladies of SCR

    Sara scares me... just to be mean she'll probably take one look at me and finish laughing sometime the following week :oops:

    At least with the others, they'll only finish laughing after a day or so...

    Still I would get to enjoy a most enjoyable bike ride... :P

    Now I'm off to day dream.... :twisted:

    I doubt anyone would laugh at you mate, especially not if I was around as they would be screaming and running to the hills! :lol:
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  • simon_e
    simon_e Posts: 1,706
    Aguila wrote:
    Not a pretty sight.
    The clue is in the name - it was the naked bike ride. What did you expect? :roll:

    I'm not brave enough to do the same but fair play to those who are.
    prj45 wrote:
    15 years ago I thought reclaim the streets were absolute nutters but these days after seeing the entrenched attitude of some car drivers I'm becoming quite militant myself.
    I too find myself getting angry these days. I don't understand why some impatient tw@t in a 2-tonne car is willing to play Russian Roulette with my life to save himself 20 seconds on a journey, if any time at all.

    Meanwhile friends and colleagues sigh and say they would like to cycle more but are afraid of riding on the roads. What can I say? Councils can build stop-start cyclelanes, speed bumps and 'facilities' but sadly until a the re-education of car drivers happens nothing much will change. People will die, drivers will get off with a slapped wrist and Jeremy Clarkson will remain a hero to wannabe-racers, blind 4x4 pilots and ignorant w@nkers everywhere. That's why people like me get pissed off.
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  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    Retch wrote:
    White saddle, anyone?

    Arf arf arf arf.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

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  • Cafewanda
    Cafewanda Posts: 2,788
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    Sure 8)
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Cafewanda wrote:
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    Sure 8)

    Woo and to the Hoo!!!!

    WooHOO!!!
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  • Briarquest
    Briarquest Posts: 93
    I spend a lot of time in Holland with a friend who is a traffic police SGT. In Holland if a car collides with a cyclist then it is deemed automatically to be the car drivers fault.

    Secondly their cycle lane system is fantastic. If the govt of this country stopped spanking car drivers to pay for wars and started using the moneyt to pay for a fantastic system of cycle lanes like Holland has got then they would encourage far more people out onto their bikes.

    Ian
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    Briarquest wrote:
    I spend a lot of time in Holland with a friend who is a traffic police SGT. In Holland if a car collides with a cyclist then it is deemed automatically to be the car drivers fault.

    Every time I hear this I cringe at how much more badly behaved AND smugger cyclists would be if that were the case here.
  • redvee
    redvee Posts: 11,922
    Done the dutch cycling thing twice and was confused as hell when I stopped for the cars as I wanted to cross the road and the cars stopped for me. The cyclelanes are top class, a lesson to be learned by the UK government.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • JenJ
    JenJ Posts: 4
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Linsen, Jen J, LiT, Totalnewbie, Moonio, CafeWanda and NGale?

    Would you like to take part in this with me next year?

    8)

    I've already done the Manchester ride this year :D:lol:
  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    There really ought to be a warning when your name appears in a thread on this blinking forum - I nearly missed this once-in-a-lifetime invitation :roll:

    Hmm, naked cycling....

    Let me think a moment.....

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    no ta. I am doing you all a favour keeping myself well covered up - it keeps the invites flowing :wink:
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  • Eau Rouge
    Eau Rouge Posts: 1,118
    Briarquest wrote:
    I spend a lot of time in Holland with a friend who is a traffic police SGT. In Holland if a car collides with a cyclist then it is deemed automatically to be the car drivers fault.

    Secondly their cycle lane system is fantastic. If the govt of this country stopped spanking car drivers to pay for wars and started using the moneyt to pay for a fantastic system of cycle lanes like Holland has got then they would encourage far more people out onto their bikes.

    Ian

    I don't think the Dutch law means it's automatically the drivers fault, just that the driver has to be able to explain why he hit the cyclist in question, and the Dutch courts are of the opinion that cyclists will do "unexpected" things and drivers, operating at least a ton and a half of lethal machinery, should expect them to and be able to take avoiding action. Seems sensible that operators of lethal machinery are expected not to go around having accidents with vunerable road users.

    As usual, money isn't the most important thing missing from cycle lanes in this countries. To be honest, I *don't* want councils spending any of my money on "cycle lanes" right now. First, they need to be made to accept that cyclists are traffic, and are to be treated as traffic, ideally priority traffic. Then they can be given money to spend on cycle paths that, like the Dutch ones, treat cyclists as traffic and are therefore actually useful.

    In the meantime, bib shorts worn with nothing underneath is about as exposed as I want to be on a bike thank you very much, and I don't cycle to be "green".
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    JenJ wrote:
    I've already done the Manchester ride this year

    And why wasn't I invited..... :cry:

    I know where you live, I'm going to knock on your door and ask you in person....

    I don't really know where you live....
    linsen wrote:
    <<snip>> I am doing you all a favour keeping myself well covered up - it keeps the invites flowing :wink:

    I can be the judge of that...

    But you have to call me 'toy boy'.....
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  • JenJ
    JenJ Posts: 4
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    JenJ wrote:
    I've already done the Manchester ride this year

    And why wasn't I invited..... :cry:

    I know where you live, I'm going to knock on your door and ask you in person....

    I don't really know where you live....

    Even if you did know where I live, I have a very simple solution - I simply unplug my "house" and drive it off to another site :lol:
  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    JenJ wrote:
    I've already done the Manchester ride this year

    And why wasn't I invited..... :cry:

    I know where you live, I'm going to knock on your door and ask you in person....

    I don't really know where you live....
    linsen wrote:
    <<snip>> I am doing you all a favour keeping myself well covered up - it keeps the invites flowing :wink:

    I can be the judge of that...

    But you have to call me 'toy boy'.....

    No, DDD, the answer is no, no. no.

    But I will call you toy boy if you like. How is your GF by the way?
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