The Portsmouth WNBR is part of Team Green Britain Bike Week
The website for Portsmouth WNBR may be found at http://www.portsmouthwnbr.org, and you are thoroughly recommended to visit this site in order to obtain the latest information. In the event of conflict, the website at http://www.portsmouthwnbr.orgover-rides the information posted here.
Date: Saturday 24 May 2014
Time: 1pm for 2pm start
Location: Park between Marine Court and The Esplanade, Eastney, Portsmouth
Grass area between Marine Court and The Esplanade, Eastney, Portsmouth - to the left at the end of St Georges Road, behind beach huts.
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 Facebook site Facebook or Yahoo group Remember, these are sites for the PROMOTION of the Portsmouth Ride - unwanted postings WILL be removed without explanation or any further discussion!!!
UNPACK YOUR THONG and JOIN THE MERRY THRONG!!!
For details, please see our Frequently asked questions The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is "Bare As You Dare"... How bare is that ? How dare is that ?...Its all up to you, you decide what you are comfortable with. NO ONE IS EXCLUDED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST based on levels of clothing, bodypaint, or anything else, for that matter!
PLEASE be creative and colourful! Bodypainting and bike decorating is highly encouraged! See the above section on creative expression and also visit our body art page.
Body Paint Artists wanted!!!!
WNBR is a fun, inspirational, non-confrontational body-positive event with a positive message of hope. That is why the ride has been such a huge hit and so many are supportive. Just use common sense and mind your manners! Nude is not lewd!
Since most of us did not grow up in a body-positive society, many will look at you with curiosity and amusement. You will probably notice that different sections of town have different cultural reactions to nudity. Some may feel mildly intimidated because they still might have issues with their own bodies and your shameless ways are unsettling to their body-phobic world. Just be friendly and respectful and things should be fine. Remember we are all human and we all have the same parts.
"Gymnophobia (from the Greek word for nude gymnos) is the fear of being (or seeing others) naked. A gymnophobic person usually wants to prevent others from experiencing the freedom of not wearing clothes." Remember, you are "legal" anyway; but if you are concerned, you probably don't need to cover up much to be "legal" as far as the gymnophobes are concerned. With the incredible transforming powers of a little body paint, liquid latex, a strategically placed sock, or a piece of duct tape you can transform the average city streaking naked wild cyclist into "The what-one-might-think-might-be-legal city streaking naked wild cyclist". Be creative: a little imagination can change everything.
This will be a standard ride around the streets of Portsmouth, around 5 or 6 miles, 40 minutes; pretty flat. A nice sedentary pace!
Start at the junction of Esplanade and St Georges Road in Eastney; along the Esplanade, pass Canoe Lake and South Parade Pier along Sea Front to Clarence Pier (ice cream stop) - Pembroke Rd and Old Portsmouth - St Georges Rd (Old Portsmouth) - Hard for a break and Photo Opportunities with Spinnaker Tower or Warrior in the background - Queen Street past HMS Nelson- cross Anglesea Road into Edinburgh Road - Commercial Road South and right into Stanhope Road - Left back into Edinburgh Road - retrace route to Museum Road, Cambridge Junction (near Ravelin Park - Kings Road, Elm Grove, right then left into Albert Road; Festing Road; right at end, back towards South Parade Pier; left along seafront (use righthand side of road where there is a cycle track) and back to start at St Georges Road/ Esplanade Junction. See http://www.portsmouthwnbr.org/wherepage.htm for route map.
Simple nudity isn't illegal in the UK, but using nudity to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal. Don't act offensively and you are very unlikely to be arrested. We have notified the police of our intention to ride in protest against oil dependency and in celebration of bicycles. They are fully aware that many/most of our riders will be nude and partially nude as we cycle a route through the streets of Portsmouth. The principal concern is to eliminate creepy, predatory, exploitative, destructive and abusive behavior. ANYONE ACTING IN A LEWD MANNER IS LIABLE TO BE ARRESTED.
From 2004 to 2011, there have been well over 40 UK Naked Bike Rides with a cumulative total of over 8,000+ riders in 13 locations, and no arrests. In 2011, Portsmouth Police allowed full nudity, with no problems.
It is unlikely that police will object to nudity at future rides in England and Wales. Local police officially acknowledged the legality of full nudity at all seven rides in 2008 and all five rides in 2007. They required people to wear clothes at three English rides (Brighton, Manchester and Bristol) in 2006, but have made no such restrictions at later events.
Hampshire Police particularly want us to obey ALL ASPECTS of the Highway Code. That includes ALL ASPECTS of TRAFFIC LIGHTS. So PLEASE STOP ON RED LIGHTS. (It will make the Ride more effective!!). No more than two side by side. Keep LEFT whereever you should do so. STOP at Pedestrian Crossings to let people cross. Generally - all these things will contribute to a gentler overall pace, and a longer experience.
Local buses call nearby. There is free public car parking at the car park near the naturist beach at Eastney. Local rail station Fratton, ride generally southeast, about 2 mile. Note that disembarking at Fratton involves climbing footbridge stairs, Portsmouth and Southsea may be preferable, about 3 miles..
We hope to have 'Community Cycle Centre' or "Mels Mobile Cycle Workshop" (0778 3027636) present to offer First Aid (to bikes....). The Community Cycle Centre might also have some recently checked-over cycles which you can purchase for a modest donation. Contact them beforehand for details (link below).
Poster and Flyers
Download a DL Leaflet from http://www.portsmouthwnbr.org/LEAFLET.pdf.
Print out as many copies of Page 1 as you like, turn the paper over and put it back in your printer, and print out the same number of copies of Page 2 (you now have a double-sided leaflet).
Fold into three, and distribute!
2011 saw the first ride, attracting 28 1/2 riders, and a deal of opposition from Family Church. It was well recieved by the people of Portsmouth! In 2012, we had just under 80 riders, and considerably less adverse comments. It was a brilliant day, there were a good number of ladies, and FIVE unicycles!!! In order to overcome one objection from a beach-hut tenent, we are moving the start to Eastney Naturist Beach for next year. The 2013 Ride was also very well attended, but we have recieved criticism from some quarters.... a few motorists were inconvenienced as we left Clarence Pier...... which rather begs the question - "That's what a protest is supposed to achieve, isn't it???" ! Otherwise, it was a glorious day (after many days of dismal weather) and the people clapped and cheered as we passed by. The Police on the day were brilliant.... perhaps the message was reinforced by the news that our police liaison officer had fallen off her bicycle a few days before, after hitting a Portsmouth City Council-owned pot-hole, and suffered some quite serious injuries. The 2013 riders all signed a "Get Well Soon" card for her. The organisation of the 2014 Ride is now passing to two much younger people than the present incumbent, who has now put on the three Portsmouth WNBRs almost single-handed, and the new organisers also enjoy the tremendous advantage of being female!!! So let's make next year's event the best yet!!
Because of the controversy generated by a local group of christians, the inaugural 2011 event generated rather more than its fair share of publicity!
- /Live TV Portsmouth
- Portuguese BBC (!) We went world-wide!
- Live News TV Portsmouth
- Youtube 2 parts - 1) mostly the protestors before the day; and 2) The Ride!!!
- BBC News, 10 Jun 2011, Naked cyclists pedal through Portsmouth
- BBC South Today, 6 Jun 2011, 6.30pm: news story about opposition to the ride, featuring clips from Brighton (9:23 – 11:31 in video)
- OMG News, 6 Jun 2011: "OMG! World Naked Bike Ride To Arrive In Portsmouth" (featuring YouTube clip)
- Meridian TV, 6 June
- BBC South TV, 6 June
- Radio Solent, 6 June
- Portsmouth News, 18 May: excellent write-up with a very supportive editorial comment. Thank you!
Thanks to Sarah C of Portsmouth Family Church - we have been on Radio Solent this morning, and possibly on TV (BBC South) later today (6 June), all of which helps get our message across. Thanks again, Sarah! Keep it up!!
- WNBR UK (This page has FAQ info and links to the other UK rides)
See also United Kingdom page
- WNBR Portsmouth Yahoo! group for riders and people interested in helping to organise the ride.
- WNBR UK Yahoo! group for Announcements and discussion of all UK rides.