Brazilians take to the saddle NAKED in nude cycle ride to protest over hundreds of road deaths at the hands of reckless drivers
Dozens of protesters in Sao Paulo, Brazil took to the streets to urge authorities to do more to protect cyclists
Many of the cyclists at the demonstration stripped naked and painted bold protest slogans onto their bodies
Slogans read ‘Vulgar is your lack of respect’, ‘Obscene Traffic’, ‘Out with the Cars’, and ‘Your hurry costs a life’
Several cyclists took to the streets of Sao Paulo in a nude protest against reckless driving in the city and to urge authorities to do more to protect them.
Paulista Avenue in the centre of Sao Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, was flooded by the cyclists on March 10, with some covering their naked bodies in paint and raising their arms in protest.
In 2017, 37 cyclists were killed in the city in traffic accidents, an increase of 23 per cent from the year before.
According to a 2017 report by international consultancy Inrix, Sao Paulo was the fourth busiest city in the world for traffic after Los Angeles, Moscow, and New York.
Thousands of cyclists are killed in road accidents every year in Brazil, with data from the country’s ministry of health revealing that 8,496 cyclists were killed between 2010 and 2015.
Protesters at the event, held in partnership with the World Naked Bike Ride, covered their bodies in slogans such as ‘Vulgar is your lack of respect’, ‘Obscene Traffic’, ‘Out with the Cars’, and ‘Your hurry costs a life’.
A naked cyclist takes part in a protest along Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 10 March. Dozens of cyclists cycled in Sao Paulo to denounce the recklessness of some drivers in the city with a number raising their bikes to the sky to protest
Naked cyclists ride their bikes along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo to demand an improvement to the condition of the city roads and to raise awareness on the safety of cyclists after 37 died in traffic accidents in just the city in the last year
Naked cyclists demonstrate along Paulista Avenue as they attempt to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on roads in Brazil. The naked protest in Sao Paulo was held as part of the World Naked Bike Ride international movement
A naked cyclist raises her arms in protest as she grins during the Sao Paulo protest. She joined dozens of other protesters and cyclists at the demonstration with many of them joining her in stripping naked and painting their bodies in protest art
Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo was flooded with the protesters as several stripped off and campaigned loudly, some could be seen raising their bikes into the air as they called on the authorities to do more to eliminate traffic accident deaths in the city
People and cars could be seen watching on as the protesters carried out their demonstration, cycling through the city on their bikes while naked. Thousands of cyclists are killed in road accidents every year in Brazil according to government data