Poll: Naked bike rides planned for Colchester, Clacton & Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 20:00 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:51 24 March 2015
© Copyright Stephen Waller
A naked bike ride event held in Clacton for the past two years is returning - and coming to two new Essex locations.
Nude cycling is set to come to Chelmsford on June 27 and Colchester on July 11, both for the first time, and return to Clacton on July 18.
Organisers also hope to see an event in Ipswich next year.
The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) events are billed as an “environmental protest against the destructive elements of car culture and a celebration of the bicycle and the body”.
Open to the public and on town centre routes there were some complaints following the Clacton event in 2013 after reports of a small minority of members behaving indecently.
It led to a joint plea by Tendring District Council and Essex Police for last year’s ride to be amended, though organisers maintain the events are friendly, peaceful and completely legal.
Riders are invited to come “as bare as you dare”, with the Colchester ride assembling at Jumbo water tower from 1pm for a 2pm pedal-off.
The planned route will take riders on a town centre loop before a longer lap.
Co-organiser Robert Brown said: “Each ride has a reason, some concentrate on oil dependency some on road safety – we draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists by showing our vulnerability.
“We are not doing anything illegal.
“It’s a public event, open to anybody, so we don’t know how many people turn up on the day. But the average turnout for first rides is about 50 riders, which rises by 25-50% each year over five years.
“It is growing phenomenally, there are rides popping up all over the world. It attracts from peoples from all different cultures, religions and walks of life, we do not discriminate.
“Many riders choose to do so for charity, or to achieve a personal goal.
“It is great fun, and you are part of something bigger than yourself.”