A cyclist – who was completely naked apart from a backpack – was found lying in the middle of a road in Plymouth, Devon on Friday morning.
He was discovered by a shocked electrical engineer who ran across the bizarre scene in Lisson Grove, Mutley, at around 6am, when he was on his way to work.
The Good Samaritan, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the cyclist had suffered a few grazes and might possibly have been drunk.
"We stopped, called the police and he rolled over out of the road," he said.
The chilly cyclist was "on his feet" by the time police arrived, he added.
A police spokesperson said: "We were called at around 6.55am with reports of a naked man in the road, who had possibly fallen off his bike, in Lisson Grove, Plymouth.
The male, aged in his 20s, was left in the care of his family.
Naturism on wheels isn’t entirely unknown in the region. A couple of hours up the road in Frome, a man was spotted celebrating his 70th Birthday with a nude cycle back in April – and of course every year Exeter has its much-publicised Naked Bike Ride.
While for obvious reasons it didn’t take place this year, for the past nine summers around 50 cyclists in various states of undress have cycled through the picturesque Devon city in order to raise awareness of cyclists’ vulnerability on the roads.
One participant in last year’s ride told DevonLive : "The main principle is the vulnerability of cyclists – they're are so many killed every single year on our roads.
"We're campaigning for this to get better cycling facilities. We do it naked because people see us naked and ask 'what are they doing?'.
"We always say if they can see us naked why can't they see us when we're fully clothed?"
The cyclist, who gave her name as Dee, added that she loves getting naked in public because she enjoys the feeling of freedom it brings.
"When you have clothes on you're so cloistered – you just want to get them off again, particularly in this weather," she said.
Today’s naked rider is not thought to be associated with the official Naked Bike Ride organisers. The Daily Star has contacted Devon and Cornwall Police for more details about the incident.
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