Cyclists are set to get their kit off in York – as a protest bike ride returns.
The 15th York World Naked Bike Ride is back this weekend, after a three-year hiatus.
The ride is a global protest for improved cycle safety and against the dependency on fossil fuels, with cycle protests taking place over the UK and worldwide.
The York event takes place on Saturday 10 June 2023. Cyclists taking part will set off from Millennium Bridge at 4:15pm for a leisurely 5-mile route through the city.
The event is a ‘clothing optional’ protest, and participants are encouraged to wear what they like – whether that be body paint, underwear, normal clothing, fancy dress, or nothing at all.
The optional nakedness is to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, and also to celebrate the human body and body positivity.
Co-organiser John Cossham, said: “York has some good cycling facilities like off-road paths and Advance Stop Lines, and some traffic lights allowing cyclists a few seconds priority to get through intersections first.
“But for the benefit of all road users, we need extensive slower speed limits and joined-up cycle lanes. The World Naked Bike Ride highlights cycling as a healthy, clean, climate friendly transport solution that needs more funding. It’s fun, with lots of support from onlookers as we ride by.”
All cyclists are welcome to join the protest parade, and the ride is free of charge with no need to book. To find out more, visit the York World Naked Bike Ride Facebook group page.
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