Naked Cyclists Protest for Safer Streets in London and Mexico City

By Ivan PetrenkoJun 14, 2024 12:00 PMNews
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Black Pearson road bike. Source: Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

In a striking display of activism, naked cyclists took to the streets of London and Mexico City to protest against car dominance and advocate for better road safety. The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) event, which promotes the use of bicycles over cars and highlights the vulnerability of cyclists, saw a large turnout in both cities.

The London ride began at various points across the city, converging into a group of over 1,000 cyclists who made their way to Wellington Arch. Organizers and participants emphasized the need for improved cycling infrastructure, noting that better cycle lanes would significantly enhance safety for cyclists.

In Mexico City, the protest attracted many demonstrators, some of whom rode completely naked or in minimal clothing. The event aimed to raise awareness about the excessive use of hydrocarbons and the dangers cyclists face on congested roads. Mayte, a participant, stated, "This ride is a protest to highlight the fragility of cyclists' bodies when sharing roads with motor vehicles."

Mexico City, known for its heavy traffic and pollution, has made efforts to promote cycling through an ambitious bike-sharing program and the construction of bike lanes. Despite these measures, accidents involving cyclists remain common, and activists are calling for further improvements to ensure safer cycling conditions.

The World Naked Bike Ride, which began in 2004, marks its 20th anniversary this year. The movement has grown globally, with events held in various cities around the world, all united by the common goal of advocating for cyclist safety and reducing car dependency.

As the popularity of cycling increases, the message from these protests is clear: cities need to invest more in cycling infrastructure to protect their citizens and promote sustainable transportation.

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