PICTURES: Worthing's first naked bike ride is '˜overwhelming success'

One of the organisers of the first Worthing Naked Bike Ride has said the protest was an '˜overwhelming success' and plans have already begun for next year.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 4:34 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:13 am
Bike riders were encouraged to paint their bodies as part of the event. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

The ride took place on Saturday, with more than 50 riders in various states of undress cycling along the seafront and through Worthing’s town centre.

It was organised to protest against a lack of safety measures for cyclists using Worthing’s roads, and to highlight the accident hotspots.

Business owner Adam Seaman co-organised the ride. He said: “I’m pleased to say it was an overwhelming success. There was great support for it from the public – a brief look on our Facebook page shows there was a positive response.

The Worthing Naked Bike Ride took place on Saturday, July 2. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

“Where there’s been anything relating to concerns of children seeing naked flesh, it has come from the adults – children haven’t been imprinted with shame for their bodies.”

He added that about 70 per cent of riders were naked, and that the ‘as bare as you dare’ ethic reflected the vulnerability of cyclists on the road.

“This was about celebrating bodies, not a sexual display; the two are separate things.”

According to Adam, the route of the ride had been published months in advance so that those who didn’t agree with it could avoid the riders.

He also praised Worthing’s police force for their support during the ride and for their advice in the planning stages of the event.

In the coming months the organisers of the bike ride will put together a petition to West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council to improve cycle routes in the town.

Plans are also underway for a similar ride next year.

Adam said: “This wasn’t a splash in the ocean; this is something we want to grow.

“The organisers want to thank everyone who has helped and all the brilliant souls who turned up for the ride. We look forward to getting their feedback and feedback from members of the public to make next year’s ride even bigger and better.”

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