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Gallery: Naked bike ride pedals through Clacton in an environmental protest

Naked cyclists on their ride in Clacton. Picture: Steve Waller

Naked cyclists on their ride in Clacton. Picture: Steve Waller

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Organisers of a naked ride in Clacton say they are hoping to extend the route for next year’s event.

The World Naked Bike Ride has organised the seven-mile ride around the town and seafront for the past two years, with Saturday’s event proving popular.

The ride is billed as an environmental protest against “the destructive elements of car culture” and cycling naked “demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets”.

Lead organiser Robert Brown said: “The ride went really well and was very well received by people in the town.

“We only had about four negative comments made but the rest of the time we were applauded.

“I can’t thank the Toby Carvery in Clacton enough for what they have done for us in allowing us to start and finish the bike ride there for the past two years.”

Mr Brown criticised Tendring District Council’s objections to the bike ride which saw 40 people take part, including one cyclist who had travelled from South Africa.

“The council is just wrong about everything it has said,” he added. “We had a good response from people.

“We were not doing anything illegal or wrong and mind our own business.

“We will continue to do it next year and the councils behaviour is just ridiculous.”
Tendring District Council urged organisers to cancel the ride after concerns from residents following last year’s event and questioned whether the event was a genuine protest.

Speaking previously, a council spokesman said: “Last year the ride was billed as a peaceful environmental protest but there was no evidence of environmental issues, banners or a message, and it appeared to be a promotion of naturism.”

He also said the council disputes that the event increases business to the town and feels it is more likely to damage trade.

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