Location: Ride cancelled due to lack of approval from authorities
Dress Code: "Is Nudity mandatory?"
It's not such a silly question when you think about the name of the event but No, nudity is not mandatory.
The official dress code is that genitalia as well as nipples should be covered to avoid scaring small children and horses, and after that, go wild.
In previous years, riders have worn shorts, bras, swimwear, body paint, wigs, sunglasses etc. Most wear footwear and bring bags to carry clothes. Body painting and adornment, customised bikes and other creative expression are all strongly encouraged.
See also the United Kingdom FAQ for more information on this topic
Although there has been a lot of media attention on the legality of nudity on these rides it really is something of a non-issue. For the record, anyone who turns up fully nude will be risking arrest on a charge of "Outraging Public Decency". Older and wiser heads have informed us that this has been the case for most rides in the early years, we have just been stuck with it because Edinburgh WNBR has so far never run continuously for more than a year or two and this is Glasgow's first ride, meaning negotiations have to be opened afresh each time.
This is an organised event, and there will be a police escort. Since the Police are there for our protection (we will be riding en-masse in traffic after all) we would prefer not to aggravate them unnecessarily. The Police were fantastic and friendly in 2010/2011 and this event would like to continue having an amicable relationship.
The clothing options are pretty simple: Bare-as-you-Dare (except for Nipples and Nadgers)
Now on to the fun stuff: Decoration!
Now we know where the limits are (ie. the absolute bare minimum) lets have fun with it. Last year people were plastering each other with body paint, nipple tassels and comedy G-strings. We work best when we are forced to improvise, so improvise your hearts out.
We will do our best to provide some screens to get changed behind, but we guarantee nothing. Why not have a 'painting-party' beforehand, and really go to town?
Best of all, take some inspiration from other rides around the world, many of which manage to post pictures that are totally work-safe due to the sheer weight of ornamentation!
Glasgow prefers riders rather than photographers. Rider-photographers are OK but we will probably be using the London photography policy unless posted otherwise. That means if your photography behaviour is unwelcome, you'll be required to leave.
Kelvin Way links Argyle St and Dumbarton Road to University Avenue and Gibson street, passing under the shadow of Glasgow University and defining the Western Edge of Kelvingrove Park.
The derelict Kelvingrove Park Bandstand is more or less exactly halfway along Kelvin Way on the same side of the road as the river. There is open ground to either side of the bandstand that is not part of the park proper, and here it will hopefully be possible to have an screened area for changing and bodypainting.
It cannot be guaranteed that we will be able to safely cache our gear during the ride, so please be prepared to carry your kit with you on your bikes. Hopefully this will not be necessary, but it pays to think ahead.
Kelvin Way can be seen in this link: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1440&bih=698&q=kelvin+way&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x488845d254ffb7fd:0xd0e48822fcbea33,Kelvin+Way,+Glasgow,+Glasgow+City+G12&gl=uk&ei=ZSm-T5-0KNGl8gOU1YCeAQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBAQ8gEwAA
Publicise the ride
Please help get the word out about this ride. Circulate leaflets. These may be available for collection from a central location (TBA). We'll put a downloadable version here shortly.
It helps to get an idea of numbers if you register your intent to participate in this ride by filling in the Registration form at the main World Naked Bike Ride site.
See also United Kingdom page
- WNBR UK Yahoo! group for Announcements and discussion of all UK rides.
See also United Kingdom page