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Unprotected naked bike ride in Canterbury cancelled

Organisers for the cheeky bike ride could not get public liability insurance to cover the trip set on the 26th May around Canterbury.

World Naked Bike Ride is the annual international scheme proposing naked bike rides all over the world, protesting the overuse of pollutive cars and endangering cyclists.

The event could have been held on the 29th June in the Kent town as an available alternative but conflicted with a planned bus lane scheme.



Local campaigners, who were not fond of the naked bike riding around the historic city, branded the bike ride as “stinking of exhibitionism”, but organisers claimed that it wasn’t cancelled due to this claim.

Barry Freeman, organizer of the five previous protests, said it was a conflict between the cycle and the bus lane which stopped it going ahead, where cyclists choose not to wear helmets and the safety risk would have been too much.

On the outer edges of Canterbury, the bus lane scheme would have pushed cars into the inner roads, filling the roads with more traffic and making them much more dangerous for cyclists.



Liability for the ride needed to be secured by the end of February to run for May, but the police could not fulfil a risk assessment due to the safety hazards.

Fear not though, if you’re still looking to join in the anti-car protest and free your loins on the bike ride, join the near-by World Naked Bike Ride in Folkestone on the 30th June.

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