Leader of Portsmouth City Council calls on government to turf out ‘selfish’ naked bike ride

The 5th annual Portsmouth World Naked Cycle ride took place along the seafront in Southsea this weekend. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com
The 5th annual Portsmouth World Naked Cycle ride took place along the seafront in Southsea this weekend. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com
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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council is calling on the government to ban a naked cycle ride going through urban areas.

Councillor Donna Jones says the event, which took place on Saturday, is ‘self-centred’ and ‘selfish’ and plans to write to ministers urging for changes in the law so the event that runs through Southsea can be moved.

It comes after her Tory colleague, Councillor Luke Stubbs, wrote to police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes to see if he could place restrictions on naked riders.

But Mr Hayes says police do not have concerns with the event, which is regarded by its organisers as a protest to highlight the dangers cyclists face and the nation’s dependency on oil.

Cllr Jones said: ‘It’s irresponsible, selfish, self-centered and quite frankly, odd behaviour.

‘If people want to do that kind of thing then it should be in a rural area and not in one of the most densely populated cities outside of London.

‘It’s very self-centered behaviour and makes a number of families and people feel very uncomfortable.

‘Every year, I get hundreds of complaints.

‘I will be writing to ministers about this calling for a change in legislation.’