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Protest #1: cycling naked

Protest #1: cycling naked

By: Atina Dimitrova & Valerio Esposito

Protest #1: cycling naked

 

The 14th edition of the World Naked Bike Ride took place on Saturday, June 10th in London. The global event’s objectives are to protest against the curb car culture and the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets. By riding undressed across London, protesters aim at obtaining real rights for cyclists and overcome the prejudice towards nudity.

Stripping off boldly, protesters seem more than happy to be part of this campaign. People cheering loudly, body painting each other and holding colourful slogans hold us spellbound by creating a carnival atmosphere. Protesters also want to emphasise that according to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, nakedness in England is not illegal unless you are doing it to distress someone.

The route this year has seven starting points - Tower Hill, Regent’s Park, Kings Cross, West Norwood, Hyde Park, Clapham Junction and Kew Bridge – and is expected to have attracted more people than ever.

The video features activists during one of the most scenic rides, starting alongside the Tower of London, crossing four bridges and passing through Westminster.