A HOST of naked cyclists could ride through the streets of Southampton next month.

Each year dozens of cyclists strip off to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.

The event aims to highlight Britain’s “car culture” and the dangers faced by cyclists.

It has taken place in Southampton every year since 2007 and “is a celebration of the bicycle and the power and individuality of the human body”.

Riders bare all in an attempt to tell the naked truth about environmental issues.

This year the event was due to take place on June 19.

However, according to organisers, this date is now unlikely due to the coronavirus crisis.

With around 50 riders taking part each year, this year’s event could be pushed back to “July, August or even September”.

No exact date for the event has been set, but a spokesperson for the group has said all cyclists will adhere to the government guidelines on coronavirus.

The spokesperson said: “We are playing a waiting game at present. We were due to ride on June 19 but this is unlikely as things stand. If not then hopefully July, August or even September.

“The good news is that coronavirus has got councils thinking more about space for cyclists and pedestrians and people are realising what fresh, clean air really is.”

“We will see how restrictions and lockdowns are going.

Last year dozens of people of all ages turned out to cycle naked around the city. The ride began at Southampton Common, with participants painting slogans such as ‘nude not rude’ on their body.

Southampton is one of 50 cities across the world which took part in the World Naked bike ride. Organisers say nudity is not illegal in the UK, however using it to cause harassment, alarm or distress is against the law.