The 2013 London WNBR was superb, well organised and very well attended, so many thanks to the organisers. Previous rides had about 1,200 riders, this year it looked like more. There were certainly more people in London looking on and as usual, their reaction was outstanding. No sign of people being upset, alarmed, distressed or even mildly put off by so many nude people. Rather I saw smiles and happy faces, children being ushered to get a better view and I heard plenty of cheers and shouts of encouragement. A good number stripped off and joined in including at least two tourist rickshaw riders and their passengers.
The ride ended at about the time that a large demonstration in Hyde Park was breaking up so all the nude riders mixed with those people in the fairly small area around Wellington Arch, making it fairly crowed for an open space. The scene was amazing, people standing around chatting, dressed and nude together. Everything looked completely relaxed, just how those of us who prefer life nude would like it. Shame that aspect of the day was short-lived.
For anyone who has not taken part in one of the rides, just do it. You cannot say there were a lot of photographers, almost everyone was a photographer and that includes the riders! In that respect it is not an event for those fearful of being photographed, but as so many photos were taken, the chance of a photo of you being seen is remote indeed. Some photographers paid more attention to the women but most of these women just smiled back, after all, there is nothing wrong with being nude. I estimate that at least 100,000 people lined the route and in places the sea of onlookers was very large, so these rides are not for those fearful of being seen nude. The other side of that is our desire to make nudity normal, completely acceptable in society, so it would be rather silly to take the view that being seen is to be avoided. I take the view that being nude in a very crowded London is an effective means to spread the idea that nudity is good, wholesome and not a threat to the fabric of society.
As the rides are demonstrations about using less oil and the need to have more bike lanes etc., one aim is to choke the traffic. That we certainly did, so much so that at times the ride stopped for quite long periods, completely blocking important roads like Piccadilly. That meant the bystanders had a good chance to look, walk through the stationary riders to cross the road, engage in conversation, take photos etc. but above all to drink in the scene, lots of nude people in one of the principal cities of the world. As many were tourists, the message of their holiday in London will go right round the world, a message that people can be sincere, peaceful and be having fun, yet be quite nude.
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