Thousands of nude cyclists on London streets for World Naked Bike Ride 2014

Nude cyclists ride through Piccadilly Circus during the fourth annual World Naked Bike Ride back in 2007 (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Nude cyclists ride through Piccadilly Circus during the fourth annual World Naked Bike Ride back in 2007 (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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Thousands of brave cyclists are taking to the streets of London without their clothes on this weekend for the annual World Naked Bike Ride.

This will be the tenth year of the World Naked Bike Ride, a protest against global oil dependency (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)This will be the tenth year of the World Naked Bike Ride, a protest against global oil dependency (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

SEE PICTURES FROM THE 2014 NAKED LONDON BIKE RIDE

Organised as a protest against oil dependency, the eye-catching event has the motto ‘bare as you dare’, and is also aiming at raising awareness cycle safety in the capital.

It takes place this Saturday from around 2.30pm, with six different starting points across London before the nude riders converge on the city centre in a mass protest.

The World Naked Bike Ride grew out of other similar protests against old dependency, and had its first event in 2004, with 28 rides in 10 countries, but by 2010 that figure had almost trebled.

Cyclists in London will take to the streets once again for the World Naked Bike Ride this weekend (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)Cyclists in London will take to the streets once again for the World Naked Bike Ride this weekend (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

There are now riders in several continents and numerous ciies across America, Australia and elsewhere in the UK.

Not all participants will be on bikes either, as any method of human-powered transport allowed, with plenty of entrants using skateboards and roller skates.

But most will be covered in body paint and political messages as the protesters seek to get their message across about creating a cleaner future.

Organisers said: “It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create.”

The start points are at Marble Arch, Regents Park, King’s Cross, Clapham Junction, West Norwood and Tower Hill.

The two rides starting in south London join at Vauxhall Bridge and ride together to Westminster Bridge, where they meet the riders from north of the river, who join up at Piccadilly Circus, before everyone merges to ride on in a huge group to Wellington Arch.

For more information see the World Naked Bike Ride London Facebook group. The ride is part of Bike Week, which is the UK’s biggest nationwide cycling event and aims to encourage ‘everyday cycling for everyone with a range of free events across the country and the capital from 14-22 June.

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