City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

World Naked Bike Ride in Edinburgh


By edg - Posted on 20 May 2011

One Less Car
Event details
Venue: 
The Meadows

The annual World Naked Bike Ride in Edinburgh starting at Middle Meadow Walk in The Meadows. Cyclists will be stripping off, donning strategically placed fig leaves, paint, thongs, and tape on their naked bods, and hitting the road en masse.

The World Naked Bike Ride takes place each year in around 70 cities in 20 countries. The ride is a fun and peaceful protest against car culture. Why naked?

worldnakedbikeride.org says: "We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy"

Location and Route

(This is the 2010 route) The ride departs around 3pm and makes its way to the top of Holyrood park for a downhill ride, coming back up (gradually, no big hills) through the New Town and then the Old Town, making its way back to Lauriston place and terminating the ride back in the Meadows.

Public nudity in Scotland

In its interpretation of the Scottish law on indecency, Lothian and Borders police say visible sexual organs will constitute an offence and if a member of the public is "offended or alarmed" by the cyclists state of undress that too will constitute an offence.