Around 150 naked cyclists rode through the centre of Brussels for the 11th Cyclonudista. The bicycle fans want to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists in urban traffic. They want political action to make cycling in towns safer and more attractive, and to encourage a less polluting and less consumption orientated way of life. “The rate at which we consume and use goods cannot be sustained”, says Jerôme Nature, from Cyclonudista. “We are destroying our environment and our planet.
Urban traffic, which centres on cars, is an example. We want to veer towards safer mobility, with more focus on people’s well-being”. “Travelling around town by bike is one way to achieve that”. “It will create less pollution and noise. But it has to be made possible. Today, we are cycling naked to show how vulnerable cyclists are. We are not protected by a steel chassis. Our politicians and officials urgently need to look at making the necessary changes to urban infrastructure. These include creating more, and safer, cycling lanes. There is also a lot of work to do on public transport, which could be made free, for example”.