Over 100 people in Southampton took part in the annual Naked Bike Ride last night, which I unfortunately was unable to make it to watch, let alone take part. The ride was used to protest against car culture and the vulnerability of cyclists. Cycle safety is something that I am personally concerned about, as someone who sees a lot of cyclists on my way to work, the majority of whom do not wear helmets.
The evening ride around town was naked in order to attract attention from passers by, with some people still clothed whilst others rode with messages painted across their bodies. I think this is a great and innocent way to protest, without harming anyone, as well as showing great body confidence from all involved. Looking at the Facebook event page, there were a few people who were new to cycling naked and embraced it enough to want to do it again soon. There are many more naked bike rides taking place around the UK, and maybe one day I might well be cycling naked near you.
Update: Guardian have a great gallery of images from the World Naked Bike Ride. Take a looksie at rides from San Fran, Mexico and Greece!
Pictures and Video from the event.
Southampton Naked Bike Ride Daily Echo
World Naked Bike Ride Homepage
Cyclists Attend Naked Ride Photo Gallery at Cozycot