By Dakshita Chandra
The 2020 Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride will be starting and finishing on Cardiff University lawns by the Biosciences Building this year. But, what is the bike ride about, what does it raise awareness for, and when is it this year?
Mark your calendars, take off your clothes and get on a bike because the World Naked Bike Ride is back in Cardiff for 2020!
Cycling UK’s 2020 Bike Week not only aims to encourage people to use bicycles as a healthier and more sustainable form of transportation, but also aims to bring attention to the problem of road safety for cyclists. This year, as part of the UK-wide Bike Week campaign, cyclists will be taking on Cardiff in the buff as part of the 13th the World Naked Bike Ride.
The race’s slogan, “If you can see me naked, why can’t you see me when I’m clothed?”, is intended to be a strong message for motorists who blindside cyclists which puts them in imminent danger on the roads. The race also aims to raise awareness of the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and their impact on our planet in a bid to encourage more that cycling can be easy and fun!
Following last year’s campaigns, the event’s organisers released a statement saying “We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets…as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy.”
The 8 and a half mile long ride will start near our beloved Biosciences Building lawn, opposite Alexandra Gardens, at 2.30 pm on June 8, 2020, after a 2-hour decoration session for your bikes and bodies. This year, Naked Bike Rides will also be taking place across the world, from Cardiff to Brussels, and London to Portland.
Even though it’s called the ‘naked’ bike ride, nudity is not compulsory. Rather it’s “as bare as you dare” so bikinis, body paints or a hairy chest bathing suit – everything is welcome. Join the sweaty hustle because everyone is invited! Just one important thing: to remember to wipe off your Nextbikes before getting on them for a few days after June 8.