This was the tenth year of the World Naked Bike Ride, a protest against car culture and global oil dependency.
2014′s World Naked Bike Ride began at 2:30pm with nude riders embarking from six different starting points around London. They then converged on the city centre in a mass protest, with all cyclists merging at Westminster Bridge and heading to Wellington Arch to complete the ride.
Some were covered in body paint and political messages as the protesters sought to get their message across about creating a cleaner future.
The London Naked Bike Ride attracted cyclists as well as skaters to promote cycling as an alternative to car transport.
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For more information on the event see the World Naked Bike Ride London Facebook group.
The ride was part of Bike Week, which is the UK’s biggest nationwide cycling event and aims to encourage ‘everyday cycling for everyone’ with a range of free activities across the country and the capital from 14-22 June.
Cyclists decorated their backs and bikes with slogans to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads.
Although the ride is in support of a good cause, some of the participants were very rude and disrespectful to the waiting crowds and onlookers. Hundreds of spectators waited for hours to view, support and get photos of or with them.
One protestor randomly squirted the crowds with a water canon, apparently unconcerned about damage to the phones or cameras of bystanders. Some cyclists went out of their way to walk into photographers or people standing on the side while shouting, “excuse me” or “can I get past”, ignoring the open space directly in front of them.