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I weld y tudalen hwn yn Gymraeg, dilyner y ddolen hon Cy:Caerdydd


WNBR Cardiff - World Naked Bike Ride! - Was held on Sunday June 7th 2015. Date for 2016 to be confirmed, but likely to be first half of June 2016

The Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride highlights the need for the provision of adequate facilities for urban cyclists and aims to raise awareness and respect for the needs of cyclists in cities. In addition it draws attention to society's need escape motor vehicle dependency and focuses on the power and individuality of the human being. It is also a day you will never forget in a carnival type atmosphere! Come join in the fun and bring your friends!

  • Protesting against oil dependency and global warming
  • Demanding safer urban cycle routes and respect for cyclists in cities.
  • Campaigning to curb car culture
  • Promoting renewable energy
  • Supporting sustainable transport
  • Making cycling safer for all
  • Celebrating our bikes and bodies..ride as bare as you dare.


The Cardiff WNBR is part of Bike Week (14-21 June 2015).

Bike Week, 15-23 June 2013

Please donate to the WNBR UK Fund

The UK World Naked Bike Ride fund provides local organisers with
money for poster/flyer printing, advertising, ride equipment etc.
Please give generously.

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About the ride

Assembly point

We will be meeting at Y Mochyn Du pub, Sophia Gardens, where we will be able to prepare our bikes and bodies for the ride. There is a secluded lawned area next to the pub that can also be used. There maybe the possibility to leave bags/clothing etc at the start venue AT YOUR OWN RISK if we can get volunteers to look over them. The ride will end at this same venue where we can then relax with a drink! Meeting from 2.00pm. Ride planned to start at 3.00pm. [2] PLEASE BRING WHISTLES, BELLS, HORNS etc!

Dress code

As bare as you dare. Nudity makes a great statement, and many of us will be completely naked again this year and the more that are the better - but if you're more comfortable in a little clothing, that's fine too. Some people find that wearing body paint makes them feel not naked, even if they might not be wearing any clothes! On previous rides, riders wore shorts, bras, swimwear, body paint, head-dresses, wigs, sunglasses etc. Most wore footwear and brought bags to carry clothes. Some started the ride in a few clothes, and shed them during the ride! Body painting and adornment, customised bikes, portable seed-trays and other creative expression are all strongly encouraged.

Route 2015 (2016 likely to be similar

1. Leave Mochyn Du pub area and cycle through park to join Cowbridge Road East 2. Pass Cardiff Castle on left and join North Road 3. Take subway under Boulevard de Nantes to reach Civic Centre 4. Loop around Alexandra Gardens via King Edward VII Avenue and Museum Avenue. 5. Join Park place, crossing over Boulevard de Nantes to join Blackfriar's Road 6. Working Street - The Hayes - passing City Library and John Lewis to join Stryde Bute 7. Briefly onto Herbert Street before turning right onto A470 to Cardiff Bay 8. Follow A 470 to end and join Bute Place - to Britannia Quay 9. Pass Senedd building via boardwalk, entering Oval Basin and passing Wales Millennium Centre to rejoin A 470 and route back to city 10. A 470 to Callaghan Square 11. St Mary Street - High Street towards Cardiff Castle 12. Cowbridge Road East- turning right up Cathedral Road 13. Turn right into Sophia Gardens, passing our start point for a loop of the park 14. Loop around the park and river side, returning once more to the Mochyn Du pub.

Riders are advised bring a bag, bike rack or pannier to carry clothes and possessions. There maybe the possibility of leaving clothes/bags at the pub during the ride but this will be TOTALLY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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The police have facilitated some previous rides; riders found the officers most helpful, and they in turn fully acknowledged our right to demonstrate in our chosen manner saying that they were impressed with the public reaction last year. Overwhelmingly most people react positively on seeing the ride. Expect cheers and applause, as well as looks of bewilderment! Being naked in public isn't illegal in the UK. It only becomes a problem if combined with lewd behaviour. Don't act in an offensive or lewd manner and you are not going to get arrested. Indeed in 2014 the police considered that they did not need to attend, and were happy to let us ride naked through the city without an escort!

Photography Policy

The 2016 ride, uses a photographic policy based on that used by the London ride, setting out the terms under which photographers will operate. It is hoped that any riders or members of the press wishing to photograph the ride will also feel able to abide by it's terms.


Photographing and filming policy

This is the first policy written by members of the World Naked Bike Ride - Cardiff.


Photography is encouraged throughout the ride; it is a means of promoting the message propagated through banners and body paint. Being in a public place, the law does not often support individuals but rather photographers' rights, during this ride, there are some restrictions to photographs and videos. This policy is intended to discourage any inconsiderate photography which may take place. We wish to create a safe and supportive environment for all riders. All photographers present at the ride must abide by this policy. Those who don't will be asked to leave. This includes any riders and press. This policy will be available to anyone to download.


Photographers are expected to behave in a respectful, friendly and reasonable manner at all times. If you make any rider uncomfortable, you will be required to leave the assembly/ride area.

AT THE ASSEMBLY AREA (before and after the ride)

Ask permission before photographing a rider

No photos of people dressing, or undressing, being painted are permitted unless requested by riders

No photos of people in the designated no photo zone


No close-up photos without consent from the rider

ENFORCING THE PHOTO POLICY (by you the riders)

Our hope is that all riders will be aware of the policy and feel comfortable enough to step forward to debate the policy. If any riders should wish not to be photographed at the event, there are some measures you are able to take to prevent this happening.

1) Contact the World Naked BikeRide Cardiff photographer - Leah Sian at or talk to her in person at one of the meetings. She will make sure to avoid you at the event. If you contact by email it would be beneficial to get a head shot to identify you at the event.

2) At World Naked Bike Ride London riders often create a "Photo Policy Enforcement Board" a sign to attach to card with an example of the policy and a sign that says, "This Photo was taken without permission". This can be downloaded from the following link:

Public transport

The 2016 ride will start within easy cycling distance of Cardiff Central Rail Station, served by frequent trains from various parts of Wales and England.

Signing up

It's not essential to sign up for the ride - you can just turn up on the day - but it does help to get an idea of anticipated numbers. To sign up, visit the yahoo group at . Facebook users can also sign up by following the link to our facebook events page or join our new Facebook Group ( to let us know that you want to come along!.


In December 2007 Johnny Zapatos's film about the London WNBR in 2005 was given a showing at the Chapter Centre. The film provoked a good deal of positive discussion. To contribute ideas for other showings, or ideas for any other events anywhere in Wales, please visit the WNBR Cardiff/Caerdydd Yahoo! group.


Cardiff riders are underway with planning the 2016 WNBR! Please get in touch via WNBR Cardiff/Caerdydd or WNBR UK Yahoo! groups if you plan to ride or if you are able to help.

Planning meetings

Whether involved in planning previous years, or a new rider for 2016, you are very welcome to join in the preparations this year. If you would like to contribute, please come to the initial meeting, or post a message on the wnbr-cardiff/caerdydd Yahoo! group. Also join our Facebook page at ( or join our new Facebook Group ( to let us know that you want to come along!


Posters & Flyers

The 2016 posters and flyers will be available around April 2016. Copies will be available at planning meetings for anyone who would like to help publicize the ride or if you ask nicely and live, work or study in Cardiff I might be able to drop some round to you. If you live further afield and e-mail me I can e-mail you back with PDFs so you can print off some of your own or if you have a really great idea for somewhere to advertise, such as a bike shop or mountain biking centre, I might be able to stretch to a stamp. Please remember that Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride only receives very limited funding for printing costs from World Naked Bike Ride UK and use those posters and flyers wisely or better still help us out by printing/photocopying your own (at work maybe!), thanks.

Slogan Suggestions

Got any suggestions? Just add them here or let me know. I can get Welsh/English translations if necessary.

Health & Safety and Risk assessment

Here is an easy-to-understand Risk Assessment which all riders should read as this is NOT a formal event and riders are ultimately responsible for their own behaviour and safety. There will be stewards and one or two ride marshalls but, beyond them, it is up to you.

And thank you to the Exeter ride for highlighting the problem areas and whose layout we plagiarised a little.

Full insurance cover under the Bike Week blanket policy has been applied for.

Hazard Risk Existing remedy Deficiency Action
Navigating traffic lights & junctions High: collision with other riders, collision with general traffic follow marshals' instructions: a large column of riders, pedestrians is considered in law as one long vehicle. over-excitement & hesitation among riders against impatient motorists If ride body becomes split, the front steward will stop after crossing any junction, and wait until rear of group is across junction
Accident involving rider and other road user very low Legal requirements appertaining to stopping, exchange of details, emergency services, if necessary If injured, participant may be naked Rear of ride marshal to advise front marshal. If rider has an accompanying person to deal with it, rear marshal is to withdraw and assist victim. Police are likely to be in attendance in any event.
Actual conflict (Verbal abuse) with other road users [Riders] Low: general public is almost invariably tolerant Highway code; Road Traffic Act Participants may feel ‘exempt’ from considering other road users Participants reminded via statement on website, that they are responsible for their own actions, and that normal traffic rules apply.
Actual conflict (Verbal abuse) with other road users [General public, motorists] Low: general public is almost invariably tolerant law; commonsense a small minority of motorists are notoriously impatient Riders reminded to maintain good atmosphere, act sensibly, responsible for self. There may be a police presence which will deter untoward behaviour on the part of onlookers
Bicycle breakdown (reparable) none (unpredictable) low Any cycle may suffer minor malfunction which may be easily fixed Rear of ride marshal will carry simple tool kit. Affected participant will wait for him.
Bicycle breakdown (IR-reparable) low none (unpredictable) More serious damage, e.g. puncture, buckled wheel Participant will withdraw, dress and seek own aid.
Sunburn / hypothermia very high Commonsense; website warnings Participants may neglect to apply sun block. Abnormal weather Participants to be made aware that responsibility for this lies with themselves. Marshals cannot supply sun block in case participant is allergic. Participants must be made aware of the effects of abnormal weather conditions (e.g. rain) and take appropriate pre-emptive action.
Circumstances blocking route (eg major road accident ahead, building fire) very low Police instructions Cannot be foreseen depending on circumstances In the event of a diversion, front marshal (who will have local knowledge of the area) will take the diversion, riders follow, police are likely to direct in these circumstances
Riders taking photographs whilst cycling very high; causes collisions and injury Commonsense; website warnings Almost inevitable among overexcited cyclists All marshals to warn snapping riders to stop to take pictures



This was the first year that the Cardiff ride was held on a Sunday. This day and date was chosen due to other events taking place on the Saturday. In the end, it was a good choice and may set a precedent for future rides. Many participants considered the 2015 ride to be the best yet. The weather certainly helped boost numbers to the highest yet for Cardiff, at around 140 people with a good mix of gender and age. There were three stops during the ride, the main one being at the Senydd Building in Cardiff Bay. The ride had excellent support from onlookers who cheered and applauded as the ride passed by. Large banners attached on poles above some bikes ensured that our message reached many people.


2010 Ride Report - On the Saturday the 12th of June, Cardiff's third running of the World Naked Bike Ride took place. The ride, highlighting the need for a less oil dependent future, the vulnerability of cyclists in city traffic and promoting body freedom was, once again, a great success. Full report coming soon!


62 riders began the ride, according to Facebook event report. However, we picked up some extra riders along the way and ended with 67.

2009 Ride Report - On the Saturday the 13th of June, Cardiff's second running of the World Naked Bike Ride took place. The ride, highlighting the need for a less oil dependent future, the vulnerability of cyclists in city traffic and promoting body freedom was, once again, a great success. After a slight delay with the police escort and a last minute route adjustment, the ride set of at 4:15p.m. with 62 riders. The public reception of the ride was excellent, word seemed to have gotten around that the ride was taking place and people looked like they were expecting us. After picking up five extra riders at the halfway mark we headed back through town and ended the ride with a respectable 67 riders. The media coverage of the ride was awesome. We made the BBC Wales evening news, and had good coverage in the Wales on Sunday and the South Wales Echo. A good time was had by all and there is much to look forward to with next years ride. I hope we can build up the numbers for the next one. I think we have gained a few new recruits already so we have a head start for 2010.


Wales's first ever WNBR took place in Cardiff on 14 June 2008. An enthusiastic band of riders planned the ride within a relatively short time and an atmosphere of growing enthusiasm and commitment was generated. Following this hugely positive event, interest in the 2009 ride soon began spreading far and wide.

2008 Ride Report - Cardiff's first ever WNBR was a resounding success - declared by many to have been awesome! The sun shone (despite forecasts suggesting otherwise) and at 4.00 p.m. 37 riders rode out onto the streets of a busy Cardiff which was also marking Veterans Day and preparing for a Bruce Springstein concert! A wonderful mix of people sporting a range of adornments and slogans made their way from Cathays Park to Cardiff Bay and back along the city's main highways, with an outstanding response from the public who snapped up all the on-ride leaflets in no time! Media coverage was wide and positive. The police escort were efficient and friendly. Riders came from all round Cardiff and area as well as a few from Bristol, Hereford and other places. Participants applauded loudly when we reached our destination in Sophia Gardens and pledged to come back next year for an even more positive and powerful event.

Media coverage


Wales Online covered the event here:






Our supporter Sandeha has always produced a great coverage of the Cardiff ride and 2015 was no exception. Links to his albums are shown below.


Pondman has a great account of the 2014 ride. Follow the same link as for his 2012 set.


Pondman and Rhisiart have provided some nice coverage of the 2012 ride





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also in the Flickr Group noted above





Discussion groups

  • WNBR Cardiff/Caerdydd Yahoo! group – Join to give an idea of numbers and for announcements and discussion of the ride. Having joined you can access the "Files" section to print A4 size Welsh language ride cards – with WNBR slogans - to use on your bike on the ride (for English versions, see London)
  • WNBR UK Yahoo! group – announcements and discussion of all UK rides

Press contact

Becky (WNBR Cardiff coordinator);

Rob (WNBR Cardiff coordinator);

Mike (WNBR Cardiff coordinator);

To arrange interviews with riders or get a press release call the Cardiff ride Coordinators.

Numbers temporarily removed due to nuisance callers.

Supportive local groups