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London Naked Bike Ride 2013

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Wheels are compulsory - clothes are optional
We all know that when Lady Godiva rode her horse through the streets of Coventry she wasn't wearing a stitch of clothing. What is one naked rider when you can be one of 1000 pedalling your bike around London's streets? If you don't have a two wheeler, you can also grab your skateboard or pop on your roller skates.

The London Naked Bike Ride has several aims: to foster an awareness of the need for more safety for cyclists, to celebrate the human body, to try to break with our dependency on oil and to protect the environment. Our weather (even in June) may not be the most hospitable for nude cycling, but I'm sure the weather in the capital will probably be kinder than it will be in York or Manchester, where other riders will be bicycling in the buff. The circuit begins at Hyde Park Corner and takes in landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament, the London Eyes, St Paul's Cathedral, Covent Garden, The Mall and back to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
London World Naked Bike Ride
London World Naked Bike Ride in 2007 (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

It is not obligatory to strip down to your birthday suit: some riders prefer to keep their privates private, but there are still some rules to be observed. Cyclists are asked to assemble at 3pm for the 3.30pm start, and must remain clothed until the assembly time. However there will also be an opportunity to have your body painted, if you would like some coverage, but still wish to feel the fresh air against your skin, or you could apply your paint before you leave home. Photographers are also requested to show respect and ask for permission before papping your pecs, or any other part of your body.

London World Naked Bike Ride
London World Naked Bike Ride (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

The sun shone for the riders in 2012, let's hope it does the same this year.
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Why? To cycle round London in the nude and protest several good causes
When: Assemble at 3pm on 8 June
Where: Central London
Cost: Free
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