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Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets

Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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Some riders chose to wear head gear as their only piece of clothing to protect themselves from the blazing sun.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A naked man chats to police that were present at the World Naked Bike Ride Portsmouth.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
03/23
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A participant has a slogan painted onto his chest by a female protester at the world naked bike ride portsmouth.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
04/23
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World Naked Bike Ride Flag flies over the area where bike riders prepare themselves for the 6 mile cycle through the streets of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
05/23
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The dress code for the portsmouth naked bike ride was "Bare as you dare.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A man with the slogan "bike free" painted on his back prepares for the portsmouth world naked bike ride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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"body freedom" painted onto the back of a naked man at the portsmouth naked bike ride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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The riders set off on a six mile route around portsmouth to cheers and aplause from spectaters.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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The route took the cyclists directly onto the seafront where sunbathers and bystanders looked on.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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Some participants of the naked bike ride chose more unconventional transport than a traditional bycicle.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A female on the naked bike ride wears a sun hat to protect herself from the 25c heat.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A female cyclist rides naked along the seafront during the portsmouth naked bike ride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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Cyclists rode on masse throught the city in various states of undress.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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Some cyclists accesorised their nakedness with handbags.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A lone protestor heckled the naked bike riders as they passed along the seafront at the portsmouth world naked bike ride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A man stops to talk to bystanders watching the portsmouth world naked bike ride. The majority of the public recieved the protest in good humour.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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The dress code for the naked cycle ride was "bare as you dare" some cyclists were braver than others.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A girl waves and smiles during the world naked bike ride portsmouth.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A naked man holds aloft a rainbow flag during the naked bike ride, representing gay pride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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The cyclists obeyed the highway code during the naked bike ride, stopping to let people cross the road.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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A half naked woman gives a peace sign as she passes along the seafront towards the end of the portsmouth naked bike ride.
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Some riders chose to carry their clothes in a backpack during the naked cycle ride.
Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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Participants came in all ages and states of undress, from young teenagers wearing bikinis to older students choosing to ride naked.
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  • Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
  • Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
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  • Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets
  • Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride 2012 takes to the streets

Cyclists, naturists and environmentalists converged on Portsmouth for the 2012 Portsmouth World Naked Bike Ride against the overindulgence of oil use. The ride was "Bare as you dare" with many taking advantage of the 25C heat to ride totally naked.

With Portsmouth baking in a mini heat wave many people took advantage of the sunshine and headed for the beach. Another group of individuals decided to take to the road for a leisurely cycle through the city streets. The main difference between the two groups was that the cyclists were wearing significantly less clothing.
The World Naked Bike Ride hit portsmouth with perfect weather and good humour from both cyclists and bystanders. The aim of the event is to protest against the global reliance on oil products and to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. Judging by the reactions of bystanders and sunbathers it is not an event that will soon be forgotten, and one that definately got its message across.
The route took in six miles of seafront and city streets and saw many members of the public cheering the riders on and applauding them as they passed by. The reactions of bystanders ranged from hysterical laughter to mild surprise, but nobody seemed offended. Only one protester was seen on the seafront holding a banner proclaiming "Shame on you".

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