On Friday evening 12 June, the 2015 Manchester World Naked Bike Ride took place. I’m no stranger to public nudity, having lived in Germany, so I have absolutely no problem with it! I’m not used to seeing it in Manchester though, so this was a first for me!
The riders gathered in All Saints Park, next to Manchester Metropolitan University and there were crowds of onlookers many from other countries. What must the Oriental and Middle Eastern people have thought? They didn’t seem too offended actually!
Everything had been agreed with the police, who were not expecting any problems at all. The riders were committing no offence. The invitation was to ‘bare as you dare’, so while many went au naturel, others kept some garments on. Body paint also helped to reduce the impact for those not used to seeing the uncovered human body in a public place.
The aim of the ride is to highlight both cycling and the body. What struck me was that there were far more men than women. Some of the women wanted to make the point that females should be able to appear like this in public without being seen in a sexualised way.
Personally I find the female body far more aesthetic than the male body but this event is not about body aesthetics but body freedom and the benefits of cycling for the body and the environment. It would be nice if the male/female split was closer to 50/50 though. Maybe in years to come.
As the large crowd of riders prepared to set off they sounded horns and played loud music on portable boom boxes towed behind their bikes. And just after 7pm, they set off, speeding onto Oxford Road and on into the city centre. I didn’t count the number of people but I think have recorded everyone on the video.
It was captured on the now withdrawn Fuji Finepix W3 using its low res video facility. It can be viewed in 3D on the back of the camera or using a 3D television. I am building up a collection of photos and videos which I hope to display publicly in the future. If you have the facility to view 3D video and would like to watch the Manchester Naked Bike Ride video, just get in touch and I can send you a copy.
After an exhilarating ride around the city centre, the riders returned to All Saints Park.
All in all I think people will agree that the event was a big success and I look forward to the next one! Well done to the organisers and all who took part.
Here again is the link to the video