It rather looks as though the planned WNBR (World Naked Bike Ride) event planned for the English city of Canterbury will not take place this summer, after organisers failed to get insurance for it.
However, reading the article, all is not quite as simple as it might seem.
It looks as though there is an undercurrent of feeling that it ‘stinks of exhibitionism’ and voices saying that participants ‘aren’t regular cyclists’. So what? I don’t think you have to be a regular cyclist to participate such an event to highlight pollution and roads that are unsafe for cyclists.
Conservative councillor Neil Baker, who chairs the council’s community committee, has questioned how genuine the event is. He also argued some of the participants were too large in physical size to be regular cyclists.
“If they were actually regular cyclists making a protest about air pollution issues, they may have a point,” he said on the East Kent Civil Society Facebook page.
“But given the state of some of them, there is no way they are regular cyclists. You can spot a regular cyclist by their calves due to lactic acid build-up. There may be some who join in, but it stinks of exhibitionism to me.”
It rather smells of ‘agenda’ to me.
A previous WNBR event in Canterbury
Definitely sounds agenda driven, we hope this is just an isolated turn of events. The reality is, yes some who participate are without a doubt exhibisionists. However on the flip side of the that coin, what does it say about the thousands of people, men women and children who line the streets watching them and taking as many photos as possible. Doesn’t that make them voyeurs ?? Truth is there are a lot of people who enjoy seeing others naked as long as they feel safe doing it and these venues provide that safety for both groups. It’s totally unnecessary interference.
Agreed. there’s not any need for ‘social media’ even becoming ‘a thing’ on these rides.
I can’t help noticing there seems to be a shortage of females on the photograph of the participants. I can’t actually see any! I wonder if that has anything to do with it?
There’s also that, Brenda. But an entire separate issue of itself. I learned this week that, while Ireland has now got a naturist venue, the gender imbalance remains. Something I’ll be looking into (not just in terms of Ireland, but globally) in the coming days/weeks.