Marshals & First Aiders

Being a volunteer steward, marshal, or first aider

mvi_4619To help with the smooth running of the London World Naked Bike Ride we ask for volunteer first aiders, stewards, and marshals to look after the welfare of riders. Everyone is welcome to ride naked, but we do ask people in these volunteer roles to wear armbands so that everyone else can recognize you.


First aiders may help with minor injuries and call 999 if appropriate. The main goal is to provide a rapid response and assess the situation. You should have an up to date first aid certificate.

Stewards are on duty before the ride starts (clothed, on foot). During the assembly, the stewards will primarily be directing riders into the ride assembly area, and helping the ride to form up for departure. Stewards will enforce the ride’s photo policy through polite but firm verbal intervention. We might also invite you to direct the riders at key corners and the finish.

The London Stewarding Guidelines can be read on the wiki here although they need updating.

The purpose of WNBR marshals is to monitor the safety and wellbeing of riders and to provide advice and assistance where possible. Marshals will help participants to stay safe and not get separated from the main ride. They may provide assistance for those who get left behind or have breakdowns. If problems are encountered, the marshals may attempt to help but should call 999 if assistance is needed.

As a marshal we would like you to:

  • Register to be a marshal in advance (if you turn up on the day with an offer to help, there will be limited things you can assist with and it probably won’t be an exciting job).
  • Optionally attend the test ride, following the route from the relevant start point. It’s a really good idea to know the route as you might need to sort out a problem or find yourself at the front of a cut-off group.
  • Arrive at the relevant start point by 1pm on the day of the ride for an additional Ride Briefing.
  • Act as a marshal for the event from 1pm until 6pm (very busy from 2pm to 5pm).
  • Wear a high-visibility armband that you borrow and return to the Lead Marshal.

Additionally, you will be expected to:

  • Be a confident cyclist.
  • Follow instructions from the Lead Marshal.
  • Be friendly, reasonable, responsible and approachable, but still sufficiently assertive if riders, other road users or onlookers are not doing the right things.
  • Maintain a courteous and friendly disposition (even under pressure).
  • If you can, bring a small rucksack in which to put useful items such as: a puncture repair kit, spare T-shirt, bottle of water, bike pump.
  • Carry a mobile phone for use in emergencies.