What’s the route?

We get asked this question a lot of times. And the answer is – we don’t publish details about the route

We don’t know what the route and timing will be

  • We don’t fix our plans until we test all of the routes a week before the ride. We often find unexpected problems such as road closures.
  • Even then it’s usual for us to encounter problems on the day – like closures, congestion, accidents and other protests or events that were unknown to the police.
  • We have alternative plans and contingencies. Ride leaders confer on the day to decide which options to take when there is a problem.
  • The police have all our detailed plans including contingencies, but we do not share them!
The Tower Hill group encounter a crane completely blocking the road…
… and make an unplanned visit to the Tate Modern to get past the crane

We want participants to be safe and avoid harassment

  • Riders don’t need to know the route – they only need to know where and when to meet.
  • It’s often people who only want to watch or photograph riders who want to know about the detailed routes and timings.
  • As a protest we welcome positive publicity; we do co-operate with the media and responsible photographers.
  • We also welcome genuine, supportive spectators sharing their photos and video.
  • But we don’t want to make it any easier than it is for unwelcome photographers or troublemakers to find us en route.
  • You can read more about good vs bad photography in our Photography Policy.
  • Often it’s people with bad motives who make the biggest fuss about not knowing the detailed routes and timing!
Looks like they knew we were coming

WNBR 2023 Official Marshal’s View Video

This year’s video is available on Vimeo and YouTube.

This is a marshal’s eye view of the 2023 World Naked Bike Ride in London.

WNBR London rode seven routes from Clapham Junction, Croydon, Deptford, Kew Bridge, Regents Park, Tower Hill and Wellington Arch. It was a hot, sunny day and the turnout was massive. We can’t give an accurate number as we had to divert from the point at which we take the clicker count. But it was much bigger than last year when we counted 1,003 riders.

Contains some NON-SEXUAL NUDITY

WNBR is a world-wide campaign, with a number of linked themes. Its objectives are:

  • Protest against the global dependency on oil
  • Curb car culture
  • Obtain real rights for cyclists
  • Demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets
  • Celebrate body freedom

Quest for a new start

Now the 2023 WNBR season is over, we want to get your hive minds thinking. It would be great to find some new start points that provide good privacy and facilities. Think deep! Talk to people! Find out whether they would be interested.

We don’t want untested lists of ideas; we don’t have time to investigate and cold call. We want you to introduce us to people who are interested in talking to us.

A start should be easy to get to and a comfortable ride from Central London – 2 to 10 miles would be good. Obviously, there needs to be space for riders and their bicycles. If it also has some covered space, toilets and maybe refreshment that would be great. It would need to be available from say 1pm to 3pm on a Saturday. (We currently expect the next ride to be 8th June 2024.)

We’re not rich but we could pay a modest fee for use of a good place.

Here’s the kind of thing we are looking for:

  • Local sports grounds (eg football, athletics, golf, etc)
  • Clubs (naturist, spas, social, etc)
  • Churches and other religious centres
  • Community Centres
  • Local entertainment venues (eg local theatres, music venues, clubs)
  • Academia (Universities, Colleges, Students’ Unions)
  • Garden centres
  • Farms
  • Businesses with indoor or outdoor space for bikes
  • Private car parks that are not used on Saturdays
  • Local authority spaces that are not open to the general public
  • Friendly institutions (eg museums, art galleries, hospitals)
  • Pubs and restaurants with big spaces
  • Private parks (eg gardens in the centre of residential squares)
  • Private houses with large gardens

If you have found a someone or somewhere and they are willing to help, please send us the details!

Composite Image of London by NASA

About The 2022 Ride

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.

Behaviour

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.

StartMeeting PointGatherRide
Clapham JunctionGrant Road, SW11 2NU14:3014:45 
Croydon233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB11:0013:00 
DeptfordMatchstick Piehouse, SE8 5HD12:0014:00 
Kew BridgeNorth end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ13:1513:30 
Regents ParkOuter Circle, near NW1 4NA14:3514:50 
Tower HillTrinity Square Gardens, EC3N 4DJ13:4514:45 
Victoria ParkNear Bonner Gate/Dogs of Alcibiades E2 9JW11:0013:30 
Wellington ArchHyde Park Corner W1J 7JZ14:1514:45 
Accessible OptionBelvedere Rd SE1 7GQ15:4516:00 

 

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.

Onward rides

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.

Afterparty

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.

Bike Hire

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/.

Weather

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.

Afterparty

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!

WNBR London
https://WNBRLondon.UK

Choosing your WNBR London start in 2022

In 2022 WNBR London has 8 starts plus an accessible option.

There will be no Hyde Park start for WNBR London in 2022 as the areas we use will be fenced off and closed to the public! Instead, we have been able to confirm an alternative start near Hyde Park Corner, in the area surrounding Wellington Arch.

So, what considerations might you have?

  • Convenient location
  • Transport links (train/tube/bus)
  • Bike hire locations
  • Length of ride
  • Scenic / sightseeing opportunities
  • Where your friends are starting from
  • Opportunity for social time before ride
  • Bodypainting
  • Crowds vs Small Group
  • Public vs Private
  • Minimising spectators and photographers

Here are some comments to help you choose your start. You can find details about the starts from the Activities page.

Croydon is the longest of the routes at 20⅓ miles (32½ Km). It has a gentle pace of about 9mph (when moving, overall average will be closer to 6mph). Following a tour of a few  town centres it will be joining the other groups in Central London. The venue is in a gated, private property with no onlookers. You are welcome to arrive early, relax, eat your sandwiches, socialise and get painted. There will also be a return ride and you will be welcome to stay for a clothing optional barbecue.

Kew Bridge is second longest at 17¾ miles (28½ Km). The ride crosses the meandering Thames several times before joining in with the Clapham Junction start. The ride starts from the southbound roadside at the north end of the bridge. As it is a roadside start, you should not arrive early.

Clapham Junction is very convenient for the train connections, after all, it is the biggest junction and has the most trains passing through – over 2,000 on weekdays. It is optionally a circular route, with riders returning to the start point after completing the ride. Our start point is alongside the station (Platform 1 side) in a fairly small public square, so you should not arrive early. The route is 9 miles (14½ Km) without the optional return leg.

Deptford at 10⅓ miles (16⅔ Km) is another fairly long ride. It will meet other groups at Tower Hill and continue as part of a merged group. The start is at Matchstick Piehouse, a theatre, café and bar.  You can arrive early, eat pies and socialise.  It is a private location so there should be no onlookers. You might also get yourself bodypainted.

Victoria Park is around 11½ miles long (18½ Km). The group is led by one of our disabled cyclists and will take a comfortable route before becoming part of the overall peloton.  It is in a reasonably secluded area as the group likes to socialise before the ride.  It is convenient for bodypainting.

The other rides are relatively easy rides into the centre.

Tower Hill is arguably the most scenic ride, starting alongside the Tower of London, crossing four bridges, riding alongside the river, passing by Big Ben. It’s handy for London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Fenchurch St and Liverpool St stations. We use a public park, so there will be onlookers and photographers.  The ride from here is about 7¾ miles (12½ Km).

Regents Park is an easy ride down through the centre of town, and particularly good if you are bringing your bike in via Euston or Kings Cross stations.  The Royal Parks do not give us permission to start from the Park, so we start roadside instead. There has not been a problem with people visiting the park before the start, but they should not get naked, do bodypainting or look like they are lining up for the start! This is the shortest route at just under 7½ miles (12 Km).

Wellington Arch is a replacement for our usual popular starting point in Hyde Park. It is a short, easy route – except for the challenge of exiting towards Piccadilly as the location is in the middle of the large Hyde Park Corner roundabout!

All the routes merge for the core part of the route, from Westminster Bridge onwards, to form the 1,000+ rider peloton (which always moves at a safe, comfortable pace and gets stuck a bit).

Accessible Option

There are usually several participants with restricted ability to ride a bike. WNBR London has included an accessible option. It is a relatively short and easy route, running between two rest points.


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.  Remember – we are well behaved!

How I Became A Marshal For WNBR London

by Paul H

There is something indefinably wonderful about being able to exercise a glorious freedom, cycling with the sun and the wind against your body, in a city as beautiful as London. A pure celebration of all that is good and respectful towards others and towards yourself. Whizzing down the Mall, surrounded by happy, laughing naked riders encapsulated that positivity beautifully – this is what great memories are made of!

WNBR Riders on The Mall, London

It would be honest to say that it was with some degree of fear and trepidation that I first investigated marshalling at this year’s naked bike ride in London. I’d taken part in many rides before, mainly Brighton, as both a steward and a rider, and I’d taken part in the early London rides. But this sounded more like a challenge with lots of potential for being tripped up by the unknown.

I’m a happy, “transportational” cyclist, almost a born-again one since taking part in the WNBRs.  I’d felt a bit nervous about cycling after my teenage years and an unpleasant crash, but taking part in the naked bike rides had rekindled my love of cycling, so much so that I sold my car some years ago and became a cycling advocate. Anyway, back to the ride… !

The  planning for the 2021 ride, on Zoom, introduced me to a keen and eclectic team of willing volunteers. Many were seasoned veterans with long years’ experience organising the ride;  some, like me, were pretty new to the London experience. In January, the prospect of the ride seemed like a distant notion, and a  lot of our energy was spent organising “#NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide” events, which marked the original planned date for the ride. When I say “organising”, I hasten to add that I played a very minor role, but the exercise showed me what an enthusiastic, well-motivated and creative team could do, and the resulting #NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide Zoom-Ins on 12th June filled me with renewed enthusiasm for the “real” ride that finally went ahead on the 14th of August.

On the day, I turned up embarrassingly early at Tower Hill. Before the ride, when we agreed which location we’d help out at, I’d asked to help at Tower Hill because I knew it was a good start in terms of participants, and was well-organised, led by Nat. It was a happy coincidence that it was also the easiest start for me to get to. I was worried I might not recognise the other marshals, having only seen them on Zoom, but this fear was unfounded. As soon as I arrived, there was Nat sitting in the sun. We were soon joined by Esther and Steve who led the ride with style – Steve in bronze paint like a Greek god and Esther in a rainbow splash of colour. Steve published an excellent blog about the ride (https://steveritterlife.com/2021/09/02/lnbr2021/)  – well worth reading.

Paul (bottom left) with TH Ride Leader Natasha and marshals Steve and Roberto

More riders and photographers (some respectful and some less so) turned up, along with some well-known faces from previous rides like Lucy Muse and Ben, who have made an excellent video of the ride (https://youtu.be/LBajePv1wFw). After an interlude spent getting naked, socialising, laughing and doing some body painting, it was time to start. I had to organise riders to move towards the exit. The magical yellow marshal armband was a great help. People courteously and excitedly listened to directions, mounted up, and soon a very long queue formed.

I had a brief moment of excitement when a rider asked me if I could adjust his calliper brakes just as we were trying to move off into the busy London streets! I checked that they were safe enough and advised that a Fettle bike maintenance team would be at one of our stops. The queue stretched down the road. The tail end was still in the square when we were joined by a band of colourful and happy riders from Deptford. As we moved off, confidently led by Steve, the first challenge took place: corking, or blocking, roads so that the stream of riders could pass through unbroken and with safety. Never has my fat backside been put to better use as it amply blocked the first of many side streets before I moved aside with a wave and a smile to let the surprisingly patient drivers continue on their way.

The ride became a series of ever more efficient corks, interspersed with stops where I had to make sure my riders went the right way. Sprinting to the next cork, whilst having a laugh with other riders, was an unforgettable experience. The spectacular tourist sights of London were enhanced by a wonderful procession of happy naked bodies – the perfect Saturday! A particularly fantastic moment was arriving at Trafalgar Square to witness a convergence of rides from different start points. Seeing the huge number from Hyde Park whizz by was brilliant. You couldn’t ask for a more uplifting experience. We headed through Admiralty Arch, down along the Mall, a place where I’d once marched in big boots in an almost forgotten other life. This was a better way to do it!

The ride ended all too soon, as we formed a wonderful sun-tinged throng of naked bodies around Buckingham Palace. What had started with nervousness and a fear that I wouldn’t be able to do this, had turned into one of the most uplifting and life-affirming experiences that I can ever remember. It was memorable for so many positive reasons. I felt personally responsible for getting my cohort through the ride safely and with big smiles on their faces. All of us felt the positive vibes and warmth of the vast majority of the spectators, and we had shown that body and personal positivity can really help to drive away the doldrums of the last couple of years.


If you are wondering if you could help out, if you can add any value, and if you can marshal, I would honestly and whole-heartedly say do it! Get involved and help to ensure the future of the ride. You will come away with a feeling of positivity that you’ll never forget!

About The 2021 Ride

Almost everything you need to know about the ride

Following the test ride on Saturday, WNBR London can now confirm details for the ride on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Behaviour

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 and take notice. We do not behave badly! Please encourage everyone to follow your good example.

Starts and routes

The location and timing details for all 9 start options are confirmed as previously announced.

StartMeeting PointAssembleRide
Clapham JunctionGrant Road, SW11 2NU14:3014:45
Croydon233 Shirley Church Road, CR0 5AB12:4513:00
DeptfordMatchstick Piehouse, SE8 5HD13:4514:00
Hyde ParkNorth Carriage Drive, near Marble Arch14:3014:45
Kew BridgeNorth end of Kew Bridge near W4 3NQ13:1513:30
Regents ParkOuter Circle, near NW1 4NA14:3514:50
Tower HillTrinity Square Gardens, EC3N 4DJ14:3014:45
Victoria ParkNear Bonner Gate/Dogs of Alcibiades E2 9JW13:1513:30
Accessible OptionBelvedere Rd SE1 7GQ15:4516:00

Start locations, rail stations and bike hire are shown on this Google map: 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-2021/

There will be changes to the route. In particular, the Covent Garden area is blocked with restaurant tables so it is not practical to get 1,000+ bicycles through there.

We have also made several changes to reduce the risks from Covid-19. Most importantly, we are reducing the amount of time you spend stationary and the size of the gatherings whilst waiting to move on. Assembly time should be just 15 minutes. At the rest stops you should take around 10 minutes then move on, following one of the marshals. At the finish you should get dressed and leave straight away.

We will not be waiting for other groups to catch up. If they do meet that’s OK. The point is to keep you moving and reduce bottlenecks. At the finish we want you to dress and leave as soon as possible. Do not create a bottleneck! If you want to take a break at the end, please move into the park and find a quiet spot.

Onward rides

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.

There is also some discussion on social media about forming a group to ride to the afterparty venue. WNBR London is not organising that ride so you would need to check on social media to find out what is happening.

Reducing Covid-19 Risks

Participants should do their best to ensure they are not at risk from the virus. Nobody should ride if they have symptoms or have had a recent positive test. We recommend riders take a lateral flow test in the morning of the ride, use sanitiser and keep their masks on, particularly when stationary.

Social contact will be minimised:

  • Time at starts, finishes and rest points will be as short as practical.
  • Start groups will not wait for all other riders to be present before moving on.
  • Riders should disperse as soon as they reach the finish.
  • Participants should socially distance when stationary.
  • No bodypainting at starts.
  • The afterparty has been cancelled.

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.

Bike Hire

Our long-standing bike hire partners, London Bicycle Tour Company, have opened bookings for day hire. 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/hire/bikes/traditional/event-wnbr.

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. 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. Having said that, we cannot control who uses which type of vehicle on the public streets of London, so you will probably see some of these riding along with us.

Bicycle Maintenance and Service

Please make sure your bike is safe and reliable! This year we have bike service specialists, Fettle, helping out before and during the ride.

Fettle is London’s most progressive and fastest growing bike repair network, offering hassle free servicing and complete peace of mind for riders of all types. With 5 workshops across London plus a Collect & Return service throughout Zones 1 – 3, they’ve got you covered for the big event.

Fettle are offering 10% off services ahead of the day, so you’re not left in the lurch. Use code: NAKEDFETTLE. You can find out more or book a service here: https://www.fettle.cc?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WNBR21

Fettle will also be on-hand at the second rest point, offering free safety checks and emergency repairs – so be sure to pop down and say hello!

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 evening. The location has changed since it was first planned. It is now at Hackney Wick Underground (next to DOH) – 66 White Post Lane, E9 5EN. It’s easy to get to – right across the road from Hackney Wick Overground Station. You can party and make flags from 14:30 to 23:00. (You may arrive/leave anytime). This meet-up will be in the same spirit as the ride – be Bare As You Dare! More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/984659942363806.

Another casualty of our risk reduction is that there should be no walk-in, organised bodypainting at the starts. Please do make private arrangements and arrive painted if you want to. And maybe there’s just time to paint a quick motto on yourself if you bring the paint.

Download signs from our website to print and attach to your bike. See https://wnbrlondon.uk/wnbr-london/need-to-know/decorations/.

Weather

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.

Afterparty

As part of our Covid-19 risk reduction measures, we sadly decided not to organise a big afterparty this year. We can, however, pass on this invitation. The venue, Electrowerkz, has said WNBR people are still welcome there for a few drinks and some food after our ride this year. They are even offering a naked discount and one of the rooms will be available to be as bare as you dare.

Please be advised this is a “Covid pass” venue, so all staff and guests need to show a vaccine card (the app or paper copy) or have done a lateral flow test in the last 24 hours. You can show the test, email or print out.

It’s not a WNBR party – so there’s no ticketing, donations, or organised entertainment etc. Some riders have been discussing riding there together, but WNBR London is not organising that so look out on social media for more info.

The venue is Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ – which is back behind Angel tube station. Here is a link to their FB page. Hope you keep safe and enjoy it: https://www.facebook.com/electrowerkz.

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.

After 26 months waiting, we are really looking forward to seeing you there!

WNBR London
https://WNBRLondon.UK

Choosing your WNBR London start in 2021

In 2021, WNBR London has 8 starts plus an accessible option. Here are some comments to help you choose your start. You can find details about the starts from the Activities page.

Croydon is a new start this year. It will be the longest of the routes at 20⅓ miles (32½ Km). Riders will need to keep up a good speed before joining the other groups in Central London. The venue is in a gated, private property with no onlookers.

Kew Bridge slips to second longest at 17¾ miles (28½ Km). The ride crosses the meandering Thames several times before joining in with the Clapham Junction start. The ride starts from the southbound roadside at the north end of the bridge.

Clapham Junction is very convenient for the train connections, after all, it is the biggest junction and has the most trains passing through – over 2,000 on weekdays. It is optionally a circular route, with riders returning to the start point after completing the ride. Our start point is alongside the station (Platform 1 side) in a fairly small public square. The route is 9 miles (14½ Km) without the optional return leg.

Deptford at 10⅓ miles (16⅔ Km) is another fairly long ride. It will meet other groups at Tower Hill and continue as part of a merged group. The start is at Matchstick Piehouse, a theatre, café and bar.

Victoria Park is another new route for 2021. It is around 11½ miles long (18½ Km). The group is led by one of our disabled cyclists and will take a comfortable route before becoming part of the overall peloton.

The other rides are relatively easy rides into the centre.

Tower Hill is arguably the most scenic ride, starting alongside the Tower of London, crossing four bridges, riding alongside the river, passing through Trafalgar Square and Westminster. It’s handy for London Bridge, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Fenchurch St and Liverpool St stations. We use a public park, so there will be onlookers and photographers.  The ride from here is about 7¾ miles (12½ Km).

Hyde Park is the best-known starting point and always attracts large crowds (including photographers), so those riders need to enjoy being in a crowd! Each year we agree details with the Royal Parks (and the Parks’ Police).  Being a large group of riders, it tends to move slowly. It is a short route at just over 7½ miles (12¼ Km).

Regents Park is an easy ride down through the centre of town, and particularly good if you are bringing your bike in via Euston or Kings Cross stations.  The Royal Parks do not give us permission to start from the Park, so we start roadside instead. There has not been a problem with people visiting the park before the start, but they should not get naked, do bodypainting or look like they are lining up for the start! This is the shortest route at just under 7½ miles (12 Km).

We can no longer offer the start at West Norwood as the property owner has moved – and now offers the route from Croydon instead.

All the routes merge for the core part of the route, from Westminster Bridge onwards, to form the 1,000+ rider peloton (which always moves at a safe, comfortable pace and gets stuck a bit). The main route ends near Hyde Park Corner.

Accessible Option

There are usually several participants with restricted ability to ride a bike. This year, for the first time, WNBR London has included an accessible option.  It is a relatively short and easy route, running between two rest points.


Reducing Covid-19 risks

To reduce the risks from Covid-19, the time allowed for assembly, rest breaks and dispersal has been shortened from the usual arrangements. The finishing time is hard to predict, given the possibility of diversions and hold ups.  We aim to complete the ride near Hyde Park Corner around 17:30.

Participants should do their best to ensure they are not at risk from the virus. Nobody should ride if they have symptoms or have had a recent positive test. We recommend riders take a lateral flow test in the morning of the ride, use sanitiser and keep their masks on, particularly when stationary.

Social contact will be minimised:

  • Time at starts, finishes and rest points will be as short as practical.
  • Start groups will not wait for all other riders to be present before moving on.
  • Riders should disperse as soon as they reach the finish.
  • Participants should socially distance when stationary.
  • No bodypainting at starts.
  • The afterparty has been cancelled.

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.

#NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide 2021

Well, that’s the second year in a row we couldn’t ride on the usual date, but had a lot of fun spreading the word through our #NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide activities. We set a theme of doing something to improve your local environment. The highlights of the week were, again, the photo competition and the two Zoom-Ins.

Photo Competition

You can read about the Photo Competition and see who won in our earlier blog, or you can see all the moderated photos by clicking here!

Zoom-In

At the time we should have been riding we held another Zoom-In, packed with content that reflected WNBR London’s campaign themes.

To host the Zoom-In, we brought back last year’s brilliant team of Dave, Sophie and Natasha. In the opening session, we heard from several other WNBR rides and from supporters.

The State of Cycling in London

We then moved onto a discussion about the state of cycling in London. We posed the question “now, after 17 years of WNBR London, how much has changed and what more is there to do. Our guest speakers were cycling campaigners Paul Gasson and Ruth Mayorcas, along with cycling author and journalist Charlie Allenby.

Body Positivity

The other main discussion during the Zoom-In was about body positivity. It was chaired by academic psychologist Dr Keon West. Charlotte, from the lifeocharlotte blog, was speaking about her campaigning to promote positive attitudes to people with stomas. We wrote previously about her ride with WNBR London. She was joined on the panel by two prominent figures in body positivity – Rosy Pendlebaby and Ruby Rare, who are also co-founders of the Body Love Sketch Club.

Live Body Painting

During the World Naked Bike Ride London 2021 Zoom-In, we ran live body painting with artists Peter and Raid painting WNBR volunteers Phoebe and Ken. Cy was also there to handle everything else while the others got mucky with paint.

Peter and Raid painting WNBR London volunteers Phoebe and Ken

This video captures the visits to the studio. It includes Sophie’s interviews with Ken and Phoebe. Ken talked about his interests in cycling provision for disabled cyclists and WNBR London’s accessible ride option. Phoebe talked about her experiences and getting more younger adults involved in the WNBR campaign.

At the end of the session, Peter presented the finished painting and described the themes behind the designs.

Zoom Afterparty

In the evening we again ran a Zoom afterparty. Just like last year we planned and prepared absolutely nothing. It was a great, random mixture of videos, photos, anecdotes, music, dancing, etc.

Let’s hope we can ride later in the year and have a real afterparty to celebrate!

Photo Competition 2021

The #NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide Photo Competition winner was chosen by this year’s judge, Ken. Some excellent old photos didn’t meet the criteria, and we also didn’t consider ones submitted by the organisers.

The winner was Gav’s Gif of indoor static bike riding, which is a popular #NotTheWorldNakedBikeRide activity.  It’s the perpetual motion that caught the eye.  Gav wins a WNBR London Goody Bag with goodies!

Gav’s Gif – Naked Indoor Static Bike Ride

In the popular vote, it was very close.  Nat’s sunbathing on scaffolding just beat Lucy on her bike.

You can see the moderated photos by clicking here!