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Naked cyclist in the news

Here’s an unusually positive and innuendo-free piece of news reporting of a happy free range naturist:

It would be nice if all naturists were so open about our wonderful lifestyle, and if all newspapers were so positive in reporting it.

8 Responses to Naked cyclist in the news

  • well done Roger!

    Just the sort of candour and publicity that naturism needs. From the sound of it you do not get an adverse reaction from people whom you pass.

  • Roger is very nice what you do.

  • The newspaper has made a video of my naked cycling and it can be found at:

    I’ve had great deal of support, most people in this country are very accepting of nakedness and respect other people’s freedoms. All freedoms should of course be exercised wisely and with courtesy for others.
    I did not choose to be in the public eye but I have enjoyed my Warhol moment, my 15 minutes of fame. I’m glad that the local community can now put a name to the body and have understood what I am about. It is also good that the Kent police confirmed in the Courier article that nakedness is not illegal, effectively endorsing my riding in the waterproof and breathable layer that I was born with (highly durable, lasts a lifetime but wrinkles with age).
    If you can get over to the Tunbridge Wells area, do come out for a ride with me sometime.

  • There is more supportive coverage this week in the Tunbridge Wells Courier, another article and a photograph from the video. Last week’s editorial read …

    THE COURIER SAYS “We are taking our hat off to naked cyclist, but that’s all”

    The evenings are drawing in, nights getting nippy, the weather is getting unpredictable and leaves are starting to fall on the roads. And this week we salute the naked cyclist. A joy of this country is our wonderful collection of eccentrics. They add colour to our lives and nobody should be offended by a harmless biker in the buff.

    In fact he has caused pleasure and intrigue for our readers who have been spotting him around the area, giving a cheery wave or hoot on their car horn. Roger Coupe is sensible, carries a rucksack of clothes with him and is celebrating the liberation of pedalling nude.

    Some may make a connection to the Naked Rambler. Stephen Gough, from Hampshire, faces a court hearing next year, charged with breaching an ASBO. He has been ordered to cover up. Surely common sense will demonstrate a more enlightened west Kent and East Sussex.

  • Naked Cyclist rides to Fleet Street ….

    Daily Telegraph Tuesday 15th October 2013, page 19, ‘In Brief’, short para reads:

    The Naked Cyclist – A cyclist has been inundated with requests to ride with him after it was revealed that he pedals 50 miles a week through the countryside naked. Roger Coupe, 64, goes on leisurely rides in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent.

  • Having read this article I visited Winchelsea beach and carrying a rucksack with my clothes had 2.5 excellent walks on the beach. Why the half? Because someone I didn’t see complained to the Nature Reserve somehow and an unofficial ranger directed by mobile phone came and told me to dress and threatened to call the police if I did not before I had a chance to say anything. While I was explaining it was not unlawful etc. he just walked off. So I got dressed and have been upset about this ever since.
    Recently I downloaded an ebook to my Kindle ‘Free Your Body, Free Your Mind!’ ASIN: B00AY5LX52 which is about San Francisco and how pioneering naturists got the police to accept that being naked was not unlawful and how a local politician managed to bring in a city ordinance to stop city nudism in spite of the fact that he was not allowed to vote when the resolution was passed but did, in spite of the fact that 63% of city dwellers were in favour of nudity on the street and that the new law is unconstitutional (both in California state law and the US constitution). All the contributors are nudists so there is a bias but its interesting to find out how city nudism became acceptable.
    I also recommend Philip Carr-Gomm’s A brief History of Nakedness.

  • Sorry to hear of your experience, Sussexnudist, such things are unpleasant. The thought of the police arriving can be daunting, especially the first time it happens to you. The police may feel a need to respond as nakedness can be an indicator of mental distress. Having established that that is not the case and that your nakedness is ‘simple nudity’ ie non-aggressive and non-sexual they should leave you alone (according to the new CPS guidelines). It is of course always sensible to cooperate and do what the police instruct you to do even if you believe it to be wrong (take that up later).
    Unfortunately, quite a few people still think that nakedness must be illegal and there tends to be what I call a ‘mass delusion’ that nakedness is somehow wrong, whereas the reality is that most people actually enjoy seeing some naked flesh and support our freedom to be naked. Those in authority can feel they must act to stop it.
    These people have not yet caught up with the current reality – nakedness is embraced by our culture. We have to keep revealing this truth to everyone and to exercise our freedom. Have you thought of writing to the authority concerned? Is there anyone who you can out naked with? Are there any sympathetic journalists around? You could make reference to all the other public naked events that go on as well as the legal position.
    I am fortunate that here in Sussex and Kent the police seem to have a sensible approach. But this has probably been obtained with the help of naturists who have written to the police, met up with the new PCCs, been out naked a lot, got some favourable press coverage and so on.
    Good luck!

  • The Courier published this week a letter from me …

    “The naked truth is that riding bare is joyful”

    I am grateful for the very warm response from everyone to the Courier coverage of my naked cycling and I am pleased to hear that the story has brought much happiness to a local dementia day care group. Many people are now talking of joining my ‘liberating and joyful’ rides, weather permitting.

    Nakedness is very much a part of our culture, with skinny dips, naked rambles, clothes optional visits to art galleries and of course the annual World Naked Bike Ride in London, Brighton and 8 other UK cities. And there are many explicit TV programmes featuring the human body. It is not surprising that Opinion Polls carried out by NOP and MORI show that 80% of the British public think that public nakedness is harmless.

    As the Kent Police confirmed to the Courier, nudity is lawful in the UK provided it is “simple nudity”, that is, not aggressive and not sexual. This is a precious freedom that many of us like to enjoy in a sensible and courteous manner.

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