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June 11, 2005

Naked Cyclists in Oil Protest Ride

One hundred odd protestors rode bicycles naked through the streets of London to protest the West's obsession with oil.

Naked cyclists in oil protest ride

A group of naked cyclists took part in a bike ride to protest against oil dependency and to "celebrate the human body." Crowds gathered as about 100 people set off from Hyde Park corner, London, in the World Naked Bike Ride past some of the capital's most famous landmarks. Most of them stripped fully naked for the 10km (6.2 miles) cycle past Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the United States Embassy.

Some bikes were decked out with banners reading 'Oil is not a bare necessity but a crude obsession' and 'Support the trade justice movement'. Others have slogans painted on their backs and some were on roller-skates.

One of the organisers, Chad Neilson, 24, from North London, said part of the ride was to celebrate the human body. "It's a protest against oil dependency and car culture and the overuse of cars for unnecessary reasons. There is too much pollution, it stinks in London, and we use too much fossil fuel. I think people should be a lot more comfortable with their bodies. There is nothing wrong with the naked body."

I'm guessing that this protest will have negligible impact on our energy dependency and will cause approximately zero people to switch from cars to bicycling, naked or otherwise. Indeed, I would wager that the bicyclists used more oil on their chains than they "saved" with their protest.

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Is this typical type of dress they use in winter in London. Can hardly wait til they come to Canada for a protest but it must be in January and take place in Winnipeg on the corner of Portage and Main.

Posted by: eliza at June 11, 2005 6:26 PM

Gonads, gonads, what about the gonads! Wasn't even thinking about the weather myself.

Posted by: Schwarze Tulpe at June 11, 2005 6:34 PM

There is one of those coming up in Seattle too.

Its almost a slap in the face to those doing real work to try to improve our plight here on earth.

Posted by: Aaron The Truck Driver at June 11, 2005 6:55 PM

Shoulda oiled the road first before the ride so the crap would slide off....

Posted by: rob at June 11, 2005 7:13 PM

Nekkid Biker commies frum Bri-Tain...save me martha!

Exhibitionism should be limited to trim younger females. ;-0

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at June 11, 2005 8:37 PM

Ow. Wouldn't that chafe rather painfully?

Posted by: Paul Denton at June 11, 2005 8:49 PM

Maybe I missed something here,aren't bike chains and bearing lubricated with oil product
such as thick grease and chain oil.
What about the oil based material in some hybrid
tires that out live rubber,did you also know that high end mechanical watches use dust resistant long lasting natural oils which come from the jaws of dolphins,look it up,or ask your jeweler about basic oils and the super expensive little bottles,the small bottle is the jaw oil.
Air planes also use animal oils in percesion instruments that are sealed and need fluids that don't break down and rot as crude oil does.
Sorry PETA, Pamela will have to stop taking jets and dump those Rolex's to have any credibility after this news flash.

Posted by: James Barton at June 12, 2005 9:18 AM
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