The World Naked Bike Ride is a global protest movement with rides in cities around the world, raising awareness of issues such as safety of cyclists on the road, reducing oil dependence and saving the planet. Let’s make the planet great again!
WNBR’s themes are to:
- 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
As well as promoting healthy life choices it can also be the best fun you can ever have on two wheels. The London ride has the excitement of a carnival, with big crowds to cheer it on. It is a “naked bike ride” but you can be “as bare as you dare” – body painting and fancy dress are welcome. It is fun, legal and all in a worthy cause.
The global message of WNBR talks about “oil dependency” and “car culture”. In London our problem with motor vehicles is not just private cars. Much of the threat to cyclists, along with the oil burning, pollution and congestion in Central London, comes from taxis, private hire vehicles, buses, coaches, vans, delivery vehicles, articulated lorries, tipper trucks, and people travelling in company cars on business. What do those drivers have in common? They are all clogging up our streets because they are paid to be there and someone else is picking up the costs. The danger is compounded by out-of-town drivers who are not used to driving on streets where there are more cyclists than drivers and bicycles can often go faster than motor vehicles.
Rights for cyclists means good, segregated cycle routes and safer streets