WNBR: Another one for the bucket list?

Next Saturday, London sees its very own WNBR: World Naked Bike Ride. And I’m taking part.

What?!

Well, it’s been on my bucket list for some time, but I’ve either been out of the country for work or holidays when it’s taken place for the last few years. Next weekend, I’m actually in London.

And so are the naked cyclists.

So back up a little – what’s this all about?

WNBNR is all about bringing attention to the vulnerability of cyclists in our cities, about our unhealthy dependence on cars and more broadly on oil. So participants protest by wearing body paint that represents any of these messages, while also getting as “bare as they dare”.

Hence: naked.

While it’s on my bucket list, it’s also I feel quite strongly about. The number of deaths of cyclists on London’s roads is a disgrace for such a developed city. Cycling infrastructure is nothing like other European cities (although improving, slowly) and the tendency for some drivers of very large vehicles to ignore cyclists’ space is shocking.

And before you say anything, I know not all cyclists are angels. Neither are London’s pedestrians or drivers. But increasing awareness of cyclists’ presence and safety needs, while also emphasising a message of sustainability is okay with me.

Rides take place all over the world and the UK alone has about half a dozen. They taker place when the weather should be warmer (obviously) and are professionally marshalled and have the cooperation of the local police.

I have everything I need. I have a bike, I have a body and anyone who’s read this or my travel blog will know that I have zero shame about getting it out in public. The body, that is.

There are several starting points from around the city, and all groups converge for one joined-up ride around central London. I’m heading for the Tower Hill starting point, as it’s closest to Canary Wharf.

So, next Saturday, it’ll be me on my little Brompton, waving to the (potentially) bemused citizen of London, while hopefully the sun shines down on everyone.

I’ll just have to remember to tidy things up a little on Friday…

  1. Wow! Good for you – good luck! If it’s sunny on the day, don’t forget the sunscreen 😉

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    1. Oh the sunscreen will be applied liberally before I hope on my bike. Some things are too important to forget. 😉

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  2. I’m doing the Sea to Sea bike ride (Whitehaven to Tynemouth) with a bunch of guys next weekend. I commend you aims but there’s zero chance of any of them stripping off and, let’s just say, it would have to be a heck of a lot warmer before I would dare strip off and cycle naked!

    BTW – perhaps you should explain that your “little Brompton” isn’t a euphemism!

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    1. Or is it….? 😜

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  3. Good for you! Pedal power to the max! 🙂 Don’t forget your sunscreen! Naked hugs!

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  4. Let’s hope you make the news!

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    1. Ha ha! I could do with the publicity 😉

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  5. Good for you! I know many of my naturist friends who participate every year.. I’ve yet to do so, but maybe one year. I keep telling myself I should at least go out and support those who do take part.. and maybe I will this time.

    Good luck!!

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