The 'World Naked Bike Ride' is set to return to London on 11th June. With a distance of about 9 miles it is an even that has always puzzled me.
The broad aim of the ride - apart from riding a bicycle as perhaps nature intended or not - are to:
- protest against the dependancy on oil
- celebrate freedom
- obtain rights for cyclists
- demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclist on the street
- curb car culture
I do recall making my way to another cycle ride a few years ago and seeing a few participants wobble past. Apart from having to stop myself from shouting out 'my eyes!' but I did feel that some participants would have benefited from more clothing. Lots of clothing!
Even as I type this I recall several body parts bouncing around like a couple of ping-pong balls! It also struck me that a few participants (who were not really naked at all) were filming and photographing those that were, perhaps for their own gratification. I also suspect that a few participants cared not a jot about the aims of the ride but were more out for their moment in the sun and look at me. I could be wrong?
I for one will not be participating in this event on the 11th June but wish all those who are the very best.
Until next time, stay safe out there people!