PROTESTING cyclists are set to pedal naked through the streets of Portsmouth once again this year.
Organisers of the World Naked Bike Ride are hoping the 40-minute nude ride along Southsea seafront and through the city on May 23 will highlight the dangers cyclists face and the nation’s dependency on oil.
The bike ride usually draws dozens of cyclists and spectators as they make their way around the city.
Simon Terry, 45, is the organiser of this year’s naked bike ride.
He said: ‘I’m hoping there will be lots of people coming along to help highlight the reasons why we do this.
‘I have been taking part in the event since 2009 and there are very strong reasons for doing it.
‘I know a lot of people get worried about it but there is no reason for them to.
‘There are a lot of things more harmful in the world – such as the things we protest about.
‘There is nothing sexual about it. People get worried about their children seeing it but computer games are more harmful to children than that.
‘Anyone can come along and I would encourage people to take part.’
The cycle route starts at the junction of Esplanade and St Georges Road in Eastney.
It passes along the seafront, past Canoe Lake and South Parade Pier, along to Clarence Pier and then along Pembroke Road to Old Portsmouth.
The cyclists will then take St George’s Road to The Hard where there will be a break for a photo opportunity.
They will then continue along Queen Street past HMS Nelson, along Edinburgh Road and Commercial Road before heading back towards Old Portsmouth and into Southsea along Elm Grove, Albert Road, Festing Road and back to the start.
For more information and for the full route, visit portsmouthwnbr.org.