Council ‘refuse to support’ Cardiff naked bike ride

June 6, 2012 8 Comments »

The Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride, pictured above in 2011, is now in its fifth year.

Organisers of an annual naked bike ride through the capital have hit out at Cardiff council for refusing to allow them to travel through the city’s parks in the buff.

The Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride is set to take place on Saturday, encouraging cyclists to ride through the city naked in a bold statement on road safety.

But organisers of the demonstration, now in its fifth year, say Cardiff council has refused to permit them to travel through parks on their cycling route.

They also claim the council is putting participants at risk by failing to authorise a police escort.

Cardiff council said it would “neither facilitate the event nor condone it”, saying that it did not give permission for nudity in parks.

Nick Wysoczanskyj, coordinator of the Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride, said the group would go ahead with the demonstration, despite Cardiff council’s lack of support.

But the 32-year-old, of Aberdare, said the lack of a police presence could place participants at risk when cycling along Cardiff’s busier roads.

He said: “I don’t want that day which puts a smile on everybody’s face to be marred by an incident where someone rams their way through and injures or possibly kills somebody.”

The Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride is part of a worldwide naked cycling event, which takes place in 80 cities across 17 countries.

Many participants shed all their clothes in an effort to hammer home the message that cyclists are vulnerable to city traffic, while also promoting greener, more sustainable transport.

The Cardiff event will set off from the rear of the National Museum at about 2pm, with participants travelling nine miles across the city.

Organisers had hoped to cycle through Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park towards the end of the route to allow a disabled cyclist to take part.

The section of the route was added last year to allow a rider severely disabled in a road accident while cycling to take part in the event.

But Mr Wysoczanskyj claims that Cardiff council’s parks department has refused to grant permission for the naked cycling event to take place through the parks.

The scenery artist said a shift of responsibility for protest management from South Wales Police to Cardiff council has caused problems for the naked cycling event.

He said: “The best way to deal with demonstrations is to co-operate with the organisers, thereby minimising the disruption to the city and minimising the risk of a road traffic accident.”

A Cardiff council spokesman said: “Cardiff council does not give formal permission for nudity in parks. Although staff would only intervene in the World Public Bike Ride if a complaint is made by a member of the public, we would neither facilitate the event nor condone it.”

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  1. @nakedmike2 June 6, 2012 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Well, another example of an authority that simply doesn't know the law relating to public nudity and that could have earned itself a gold star by cooperating! They certainly cooperated with the Olympic torch relay!

  2. Barry Freeman June 6, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Cardiff Council failed to tell Wales Online that their refusal is breaching 4 of their 7 strategic equality objectives, democratically adopted and published as "Everyone Matters", their Strategic Equality Plan. All UK councils have been required to adopt such plans under the Equality Act 2010. By denying use of the parks the council is also denying a disabled cyclist from being able to partake in the demonstration to raise awareness of the dangers facing cyclists and their vulnerability on the roads of the UK where, sadly, 38 cyclists have already been killed in 2012. So I suspect Cardiff Council are breaching the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 too.

  3. Grant Pin June 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Who is this person called, Cardiff councill? Does he have a name? O' sorry…he's called spokeperson. Accountabillity of these people is to us, we own these lands. Go ahead with the ride, and have a lovely day spreading your positive message. Grant Pain

  4. Jim June 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    More evidence that this new Labour administration is actually the most conservative for a long time in our city.

  5. portsmouthrider June 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Have a great day tomorrow, Cardiff naked cyclists! There is no law on earth that can stop you; the ONLY reason that the Council are consulted is to smooth things out a bit – for example, flag up if there is something going on on the route that means some amendment. Each and every cyclist taking part is one small element in the traffic; there is no law saying what standard of dress (or undress!!) is required; provided there is no intention to cause harm, alarm or distress, then the nudity is perfectly legal. So: GO FOR IT!!! and maybe a few who would not otherwise have taken part, will do so, to demonstrate against another attempt of erosion of peoples rights. If Cardiff Council get away with stopping this event, then they will use that as a precedent. Next time they will be stopping some other event because " they don't like it" . A dangerous situation.

  6. polly June 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Oh, but it was brilliant……xxxx really good fun to watch xxx

  7. tara June 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Loved taking part regardless of some few ill-informed nitwits at the top!

  8. Paul Davies March 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe Naked bike ride advertises this as a protest against pollution. It’s basically trying to mainstream nudism and flashing.

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