DOZENS of cyclists bared all and took to the streets of Southampton for the city's Naked Bike Ride.

The annual event is organised to raise awareness of environmental issues and focus attention on Britain's "car culture".

Before the ride pn Friday a spokesman said: "Anyone with a bike who is concerned about cyclist safety, the environment or society’s irrational attitude to non-sexual public nakedness is welcome to come along and take part.

"The by-words are 'As Bare As You Dare'."

Held in towns and cities around the globe, the World Naked Bike Ride aims to celebrate "body freedom" as well as highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists and drawing attention to the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels.