Almost everything you need to know about the ride
Here are the important details about the ride on Saturday 11th June 2022.
Let us tell you about it!
Watch our video where some of the organisers will briefly talk you through the key things you need to know about the ride.
WNBR is a peaceful, fun, lawful protest that get its messages across by generating public interest. We intend other road users and spectators to be pleasantly surprised by the spectacle and take notice. We do not behave badly! Please encourage everyone to follow your good example.
WNBR London takes place on the public streets of London. Nobody can control the actions or behaviours of the public. Participants should endeavour to avoid crowds and interactions with strangers. It’s OK to tell badly behaved spectators and photographers that they are out of order – but don’t put yourself at risk or provoke trouble.
Starts and routes
The location and timing details for all 9 start options are confirmed as previously announced.
|Grant Road, SW11 2NU
|233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB
|Matchstick Piehouse, SE8 5HD
|North end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ
|Outer Circle, near NW1 4NA
|Trinity Square Gardens, EC3N 4DJ
|Near Bonner Gate/Dogs of Alcibiades E2 9JW
|Hyde Park Corner W1J 7JZ
|Belvedere Rd SE1 7GQ
Start locations, rail stations and bike hire are shown on this Google map from 2021: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1Wmk2gVMnNv3dp97eEMuyGjrtyl2G6J1i&ll=51.48466370286718%2C-0.15702699999997094&z=12
If you want advice about choosing a start, please see our blog at: https://wnbrlondon.uk/choosing-your-wnbr-london-start-in-2022.
There will be changes to the usual route. In particular, areas around Buckingham Palace are closed to the public to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. There will be no Hyde Park start for WNBR London in 2022 as the areas we usually use will be fenced off .
We anticipate blockages, congestion and closures on the day, so we have alternative route plans. We are likely to make changes on the day – so make sure you are following the marshals.
This year the Croydon and Clapham Junction groups have an optional return ride. If you want to take part in a return ride, please try to keep in sight of your ride leader throughout the ride. They should have recognisable flags on their bikes. They will not be hanging around at the finish waiting for everyone to turn up.
We also plan to have an onward ride to the afterparty venue. Ticket holders will receive instructions.
Please do come to the afterparty – it’s a great way to end the day and raise funds for the next ride! This year we have exclusive access to a Central London pub for a clothing-optional party with food, drink, music, comedy and fun! See our afterparty web page for info.
Other rides in Greater London
This year there are also two other WNBR rides in the Greater London area. As with most WNBR rides, they have their own independent organising team; they are not part of WNBR London. Our friends in Croydon are holding an evening ride on Tuesday, 7th June at 7:30pm. Our friends in Romford have a ride on Saturday, 6th August, followed by an optional meet-up at a nearby sun club.
Our long-standing bike hire partners, London Bicycle Tour Company, have opened bookings for day hire. This year they are offering any choice of bike by allowing a 15% discount against any booking you make for 11th June. With the WNBR London deal you should also receive a free seat cover. Please do keep those saddles clean! You will be able to return the bike up to 7pm. Book at: https://www.londonbicycle.com/voucher-codes
The Santander “Boris Bikes” also remain a good option for the Central London starts. You can check locations and availabilities at https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles/find-a-docking-station.
Several other bike hire outlets and street bike hire options are available. For more information see our page about bike hire.
Limited supplies of WNBR seat covers will be available for £2 at most of the starts.
Joggers, skaters, boarders and scooters
We disapprove of jogging, roller skating, skate boarding and scooters on the ride for two reasons. Firstly, because it’s not cycling and this is a campaign that promotes cycling. Secondly, because people travelling in those ways are much more visibly exposed to spectators, so are far more likely to generate complaints and police intervention. This could impact on the trust we have with the authorities.
It is also still illegal to use an escooter except if it is from an official hire trial. Not all ebikes are legal, particularly if they can go really fast without even pedalling, so make sure your ebike is legal. If you hire a street bike it will be a legal ebike.
We cannot control who uses which type of vehicle on the public streets of London, so you will probably see some unwelcome modes of transport during the ride.
Flags, bodypainting and decorations
We love to see flags, bodypainting, fancy dress and decorated bikes! This year, Ken has organised a flag-making session for the Friday before the ride at a central London pub. You can drop in any time from noon to late!
We do like to see body painting, whether it is simply mottos or elaborate artistic designs. We do not have bodypainters for everyone, so please do make private arrangements and arrive painted if you want to. Or maybe just paint a quick motto on yourself if you bring the paint. The best locations for body painting are Croydon and Deptford, where we start from private premises.
Download signs from our website to print and attach to your bike. See https://wnbrlondon.uk/wnbr-london/need-to-know/decorations/.
We ride in almost any weather – hot, cool, sunny, dry, wet, windy! If the sun’s out, bring some suntan cream. The best thing to do if it’s wet is put all your clothes into a waterproof bag along with a small towel. You’ll find your skin is one of the best waterproof coverings you could use. Make sure you have somewhere safe to put your phone and other valuables.
This year we are able to bring back the AfterParty! We are taking over a central London pub near the Barbican in the City of London. It will be clothing-optional and there will be food and drink to purchase.
It’s best if you arrive clothed, without your bike. There are many on-street bike parking places on nearby streets, but not at the venue itself. Details are on our Afterparty page.
What more could we tell you?
There’s loads of info on our website. Please do have a browse around to familiarise yourself with the ride, its mission and its methods.
We are really looking forward to seeing you there!