This will be a ride up the Royal Mile with a difference…;)
It’s getting warmer – its defnitely time for us cyclists around Edinburgh to start shedding some clothes…how far will we, can we, go?
What is World Naked Bike Ride all about?
Every year, in cities around the world, people ride bikes naked to celebrate cycling and the human body.
The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.
Last year we saw a joint Edinburgh & Glasgow World Naked Bike Ride – it was the first in three years and we had so much fun (see exaclty how much fun here) that it only seems proper to do it again. We want to make this year bigger and better so please join us and share the details of the ride far and wide.
“Now do you see?” – Erm, yes…!
Where and when?
2pm 13th June 2015 in Middle Meadow Walk.
Dress Code: “Is Nudity mandatory?”
It’s not such a silly question when you think about the name of the event but No, nudity is not mandatory.
The official dress code is that genitalia should be covered to avoid scaring small children and horses, and after that, go wild.
In previous years, riders have worn shorts, bras, swimwear, body paint, wigs, sunglasses etc. Most wear footwear and bring bags to carry clothes. Body painting and adornment, customised bikes and other creative expression are all strongly encouraged.
See also the United Kingdom FAQ for more information on this topic.
Although there has been a lot of media attention on the legality of nudity on these rides it really is something of a non-issue. For the record, anyone who turns up fully nude will be risking arrest on a charge of “Outraging Public Decency”. Older and wiser heads have informed us that this has been the case for most rides in the early years, we have just been stuck with it because Edinburgh WNBR has so far never run continuously for more than a year or two, meaning negotiations have to be opened afresh each time.
Last year even our police escort joined in the group photo. They said they’d had a great time and were impressed by our organisation – lets really impress them this year!
This is an organised event, and there will be a police escort. Since the Police are there for our protection (we will be riding en-masse in traffic after all) we would prefer not to aggravate them unnecessarily. The Police were fantastic and friendly last year and this event would like to continue having an amicable relationship.
The clothing options are pretty simple: Bare-as-you-Dare (except for genitalia)
Now on to the fun stuff: Decoration!
Now we know where the limits are (ie. the absolute bare minimum) lets have fun with it. Last year people were plastering each other with body paint, nipple tassels and comedy G-strings. We work best when we are forced to improvise, so improvise your hearts out.
We will do our best to provide some screens to get changed behind, but we guarantee nothing. Why not have a ‘painting-party’ beforehand, and really go to town?
Best of all, take some inspiration from other rides around the world, many of which manage to post pictures that are totally work-safe due to the sheer weight of ornamentation!
Edinburgh prefers riders rather than photographers. Rider-photographers are OK but we will probably be using the London photography policy unless posted otherwise. That means if your photography behaviour is unwelcome, you’ll be required to leave.
Middle Meadow Walk is a long tree lined avenue through the Meadows Park. At the north end of the Walk is Teviot Place and at the south end is Argyle Place. Here is a link to the map and here is a map of the Meadows. Here is an excellent photograph that shows what Middle Meadows Walk looks like.
Publicise the ride
Please share our Facebook event or follow/retweet us on twitter: @wnbredinburgh
If you want to get more actively involved in the ride, join our group