From 2010 to 2016, it was an annual ritual for me to be at the World Naked Bike Ride in Bristol. This short film combines Super 8 film footage shot in 2011 with 35mm stills from the rides in 2014 (black and white) and 2016 (colour). I missed the ride in 2017, but hope to be back soon.
A few anecdotes:
2010: Borrowed a friend's bike to take part in the ride, but nobody was there when I arrived at the pub. Well, some confusion about the start-time. The riders came back not long after, and I quickly took the bike, stripped off, caught up with them and joined in with the last few minutes.
2011: Attended without a bicycle, as a naked running reporter. I underestimated the speed of the ride - and soon found myself stranded next to a four-lane roundabout, in starkers, while watching the riders disappear at the horizon. Change of strategy: Shortcuts in shorts to finish my short.
2012: This ride served me as a vehicle for an article about nudity and Quaker testimonies for my local Quaker Meeting newsletter. A fellow Friend gave me permission to submit the picture with me and her (with her boobs featured prominently) to the newsletter editor, but remarked she's sure it wouldn't be published. Both article and picture made it into the newsletter without any questions asked.
2013: Cold and wet the first half of the ride, then the sun came out. Good thing that skin dries more quickly than clothes!
2014: I wasn't naked this time. I was wearing a hat.
2015: Someone took a picture of me at the ride, and, lo and behold, it went onto the homepage of the Bristol 24/7 website for several hours.
2016: The ride coincided with - and outnumbered both - an EDL rallye and the inevitable counter-rallye. Riding a bike naked through a city centre is already a truly liberating and exhilarating experience. This time the organisers commissioned a samba drumming band to play for us in Castle Park - and I can assure you that dancing naked in a city centre park to the sounds of wild drumming, without any danger of getting troubled by the prudes or the law, is an experience definitely not to be missed.