Cyclists baring all took to the streets for the eighth York world naked bike ride.

York is one of nine major rides in the UK, and the event aimed to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads and to celebrate sustainable and human-powered transport.

The ride started yesterday afternoon near the Millennium Bridge over the River Ouse, and visited the University of York, York Minster and Clifford’s Tower, travelling at a leisurely pace and finishing back at the Millennium Bridge.

Those taking part were invited to ride naked, or wear a costume, swimwear or bodypaint and the event was part of Bike Week.

Hugh Dower, 61, who is one of the York ride organisers, said: “I do the ride in order to demonstrate that cycling is a much healthier means of locomotion, both for the human body and the environment, than cars or trains or aeroplanes.”