The World Naked Bike Ride, Hastings

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike ride that promotes cycling advocacy, body positivity, and awareness of environmental issues. I took the pictures below when the WNBR came to Hastings in 2013. I just happened to be in the East Sussex seaside town at the same time as the bike riders—really!

Rider in the World Naked Bike Ride
The World Naked Bike Ride, Hastings

About “The World Naked Bike Ride” (WNBR)

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) typically involves participants riding bicycles while nude, often adorned with body paint, costumes, or slogans related to the event’s themes. The rides are held worldwide in various cities and towns, usually during warmer months. They attract a diverse group of participants.

The first World Naked Bike Ride took place in 2004 in London, England, and since then, it has grown into a global movement with events in cities across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. While the primary focus is on promoting cycling as a sustainable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the event also highlights other issues such as body acceptance, the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, and the negative impacts of car culture on the environment and public health.

Participation in the World Naked Bike Ride is typically open to anyone who supports its principles. Moreover, the atmosphere is usually fun, with participants often expressing themselves creatively through body art, costumes, and decorations on their bicycles. Rides are typically peaceful, with organisers working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety and legality of the event.

World Naked Bike Ride, Hastings

In 2013, the WNBR visited Hastings, a seaside town in East Sussex, England. Local cycling and environmental groups organised the event. They hoped to draw attention to cycling safety and air pollution.

Many people took part in the Hastings ride, which began at the pier and wound through the town centre. Participants ranged in age and body type, and some carried signs with slogans such as “Less gas, more ass” and “Bare as you dare.” Other riders wore nothing but body paint with slogans written on their bodies.

Naked bike rider with a slogan on their body

The event was covered by local media, generating much interest and debate. While some residents expressed shock or disapproval at naked riders cycling through the town, others cheered and waved from the sidelines. The organisers defended the event, arguing it was a peaceful and legal protest to promote positive change.

Overall, the WNBR in Hastings was a fun and provocative way to raise awareness about important social and environmental issues. While also promoting the benefits of cycling and celebrating the human body in all its forms. Despite sparking debate and discussion about sustainable transportation and the place of nudity in public spaces, plans are already underway for the next World Naked Bike Ride!

WNBR (Hastings): The Pictures

Check out the street photography below of the WNBR I took when it came to Hastings (East Sussex) in 2013.

Where

Hastings, East Sussex.

When

June 2013.

What

Ricoh GR point-and-shoot compact digital camera.

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