Naked Cyclists in Oil Protest Ride
One hundred odd protestors rode bicycles naked through the streets of London to protest the West’s obsession with oil.
A group of naked cyclists took part in a bike ride to protest against oil dependency and to “celebrate the human body.” Crowds gathered as about 100 people set off from Hyde Park corner, London, in the World Naked Bike Ride past some of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Most of them stripped fully naked for the 10km (6.2 miles) cycle past Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the United States Embassy.
Some bikes were decked out with banners reading ‘Oil is not a bare necessity but a crude obsession’ and ‘Support the trade justice movement’. Others have slogans painted on their backs and some were on roller-skates.
One of the organisers, Chad Neilson, 24, from North London, said part of the ride was to celebrate the human body. “It’s a protest against oil dependency and car culture and the overuse of cars for unnecessary reasons. There is too much pollution, it stinks in London, and we use too much fossil fuel. I think people should be a lot more comfortable with their bodies. There is nothing wrong with the naked body.”
I’m guessing that this protest will have negligible impact on our energy dependency and will cause approximately zero people to switch from cars to bicycling, naked or otherwise. Indeed, I would wager that the bicyclists used more oil on their chains than they “saved” with their protest.
crossposted to small dead animals