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Gallery: Naked Bike Ride 2019 returns to Cambridge with a message


By Paul Brackley


The Naked Bike Ride returned to Cambridge for the fifth year, raising eyebrows around the city - and awareness of its environmental message.

The Naked Bike Ride 2019 sets off from Midsummer Common. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Naked Bike Ride 2019 sets off from Midsummer Common. Picture: Keith Heppell

Starting at Midsummer Common at 3pm, the cyclists - following a “bare as you dare” dress code - pedalled around a circuit that took in roads including Victoria Avenue, Chesterton Road, Hills Road, Cherry Hinton Road and Coldhams Lane.

The organisers described it as “environmental protest against the destructive elements of car culture and a celebration of the bicycle and the body”.

They said: “By being naked we show the vulnerability of a cyclist on city streets.

“We aim to promote cycling as a sensible and fun means of transport and demand practical changes to make cycling a safer alternative to car travel.”

The ride, part of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) movement, is also a protest against “excessive oil use” and raises awareness of the health impact of road pollution.

The Cambridge ride passed landmarks including the Round Church, Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanic Garden before ending where it began on Midsummer Common, following the same route as 2018’s ride.



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