World Naked Bike Ride is coming to London tomorrow

Hayley Kirton
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Clearly not following mother's instructions about always making sure you take a jacket out with you, but at least it's for a good cause (Source: Getty)

One particular group of cycling fanatics is probably hoping for some very nice weather tomorrow.

The World Naked Bike Ride, an annual protest against oil dependency and car culture, is coming to the streets of London tomorrow, just in case you missed it last year.

Today, anybody of a prudish disposition may want to avert their eyes in Manchester, where the naked protestors will be setting off from All Saints Park at 7pm.

Last Saturday, the cyclists were weaving their way around Bristol, having set off at 11am from The Full Moon Pub (clearly whoever picked the starting point has a good sense of humour).

The London event, which started in 2004 with just 58 participants baring as much as they dared as they pedalled along, the cyclists will be setting off from six different locations this year:

  • North Carriage Drive in Hyde Park, assembling at 14:30 for a 15:00 departure
  • Cumberland Green in Regents Park, assembling at 14:30 for a 15:00 departure
  • Granary Square near King's Cross, assembling at 14:30 for a 15:00 departure
  • Grant Road near Clapham Junction, assembling at 14:30 for a 14:45 departure
  • Knights Hill near West Norwood, assembling at 12:00 for a 14:30 departure
  • Tower Hill, assembling at 14:30 for a 15:00 departure

Those setting off from Hyde Park, Regents Park and King's Cross will merge into one pack around Piccadilly Circus, while the Clapham Junction and West Norwood crews will meet up near Vauxhall Bridge. All sets of riders, including those who began pedalling at Tower Hill, will become one group at Westminster Bridge.

Words to live by at last year's event (Source: Getty)

Depending on where they start off from, the protesters will ride about nine miles in the afternoon.

The organisers have also discouraged riders from disrobing before the protest begins and urged them to get dressed promptly once reaching the finish line, lest it damage the ride's reputation with the local authorities.