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Cyclists Strip for World Naked Bike Ride

Published: 26th May 2012 14:52

 Cyclists in Portsmouth stripped off today to raise awareness of bike safety and green issues.

The World Naked Bike Ride came to Portsmouth for the second year running and set off from the Rose Gardens in Southsea at 2pm this afternoon.

The AboutMyArea Editor went to chat to organiser Ian Henden to find out more about the reason for the event. Ian said, "There are too many cyclists being knocked off their bikes so it's to draw attention to motorists the fact that cyclists are vulnerable on the roads.

"Also, we're using oil up far too quickly. if you work out how much oil and coal and similar fossil fuels we've used over the centuries, we didn't use much at all until the beginning of the 19th century then they invented steam engines, loads of coal came out of the ground and now we're taking loads of oil out. Since the second World War, it's been taken out ant an ever increasing rate. It cannot go on forever."

Gabrielle Yates was one of few women to take part and  said, "I'm a cyclist. I cycle everywhere in Portsmouth. I use it as my main mode of transport in my work as a personal trainer. Often we're not seen on the road and I wanted to highlight that point today."

The cyclists were joined by spectators enjoying the sun at their beach huts next to the Rose Garden.

Beach hut owner, Karen Hills said, "I think it's a good idea but I think they could do with more women involved."

Her husband Steve added, "Brilliant idea. More people should get involved. Carbon emissions and body acceptance - it's all part of it."

Not everyone agreed with the way that the cyclists were putting their point across. One beach hut owner who did not want to be named said, "Children and older people and other people are potentially being exposed to something unawares. That could be upsetting for them and they won't have a choice if they don't know."

Weather conditions were perfect but cyclists were urged to use plenty of sunscreen.

The video below shows images of the naked cyclists including full frontal nudity.

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