Naked bike riders to descend on Coventry – and they hope Big Weekend crowds will notice

An organiser of a naked bike ride in Coventry says having it during BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend works in their favour. Joe Swanton-Fallowell from Coventry planned the city’s first protest last year and it is set to return today, Saturday (May 28).

The aim of having people cycle around naked is to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. It also aims to highlight the need for action on climate change. And Joe believes having people from across the country see the protest will help them in their fight.

Apart from the route having to change due to the Radio 1 event, Joe told CoventryLive it’s a great day to carry out the protest and is an advantage for riders. “More people will be in the city than before which means more people will see what we’re doing,” he added.

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“There will be more traffic on the roads which means more attention and more people to get across the message to. The response we get when riding is mostly positive.

“We are not breaking any laws [and] the people who shout things to us are in the minority.” The protest will begin at 2pm.

The plan had been to start and finish at Hearsall Common. However, this had to be changed as it is now being used as a production base for the Big Weekend 2022.

Joe added: “Fortunately, we’ve not had to go too far away, and the new start location will be the Criterion Theatre. From there, we head down Albany Road to Butts Road, entering the city centre by the old Ikea.

“We will head clockwise around the city centre, doing a full loop, then a bit further to the Belgrade. We then head out along Radford Road as far as Engleton Road, heading back to Earlsdon along Moseley Avenue and Four Pounds Avenue, ultimately returning to the Criterion.”


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