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Thousands to Cycle Naked Against the Environmental Credit Crunch

2009-05-20

May 20, 2009, Press Dispensary. This June, hundreds of naked cyclists will ride through city centres across the UK to promote environmentally and financially sustainable transport. Part of the sixth annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), they'll join thousands more internationally in this growing environmental protest and celebration of cycling and the human body. Public nudity at the event is also a powerful symbol of cyclists' vulnerability on the road, and the empowering experience of safety in numbers. Rides are planned over the weekend of Friday 12 - Sunday 14 June, 2009 in Brighton, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and York, and over 40 locations around the world.

Nick Sayers, co-organiser of the Brighton ride, says: "The economic crisis highlights that we can't rely on the authorities to do the right thing. It's time for people to demand concrete action to reduce carbon emissions and make sustainable lifestyles accessible to all. The World Naked Bike Ride is a welcome reminder that you don't need a big carbon footprint to get around, and you don't need credit to have a good time."

He continues: "A recession is a good point to re-think the direction we're going, and alter course accordingly. However, the government's response has been to bail out the motor industry and encourage cheap credit to fuel consumerism and the purchase of more cars. We think our money should be used to create a useful legacy by improving the infrastructure needed for sustainable transport instead."

Although this is a serious subject, the ride has a joyous, carnival atmosphere and all are warmly encouraged to participate, "as bare as you dare".

The ride routes offer participants an incredible ‘naked sightseeing experience’ of city centres, and are easy and flat with cyclists' comfort in mind. The event has been cleared with all UK police services involved.

Regional events are scheduled as follows. On Friday 12 June, rides will meet in York, 5pm at Museum Gardens; Manchester, 6pm at Whitworth Park; and Southampton, 6pm at Southampton Common. On Saturday 13 June, rides will meet in London, 3pm at Hyde Park; Cardiff, 3pm at Park Place; and Sheffield in Endcliffe park (time to be confirmed). Lastly, on Sunday 14 June, the Brighton ride will meet at 12 noon at The Level park.

For more information and details of local rides, please visit http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/uk


PRESS CONTACTS

UK/London Press Office
Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 3393 7408
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Brighton ride: Duncan Blinkhorn / Nick Sayers
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7944 152706 / + 44 (0) 7812 036415
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Cardiff ride: Nick Wysoczanskyj
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7929 212507
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Manchester ride: Sean Fitton
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7906 086128
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Sheffield ride: Nick Oodian
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7758 000282
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Southampton ride: Rob Jordan
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7900 521782
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York ride: Hugh Dower
Phone: + 44 (0) 1904 422193
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For further, up-to-date press information, visit:
http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/q99432.php
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/wiki/UK_media_information

RIDES SCHEDULE

Friday 12 June:

York: Meet 5pm, Museum Gardens, Museum Street
Manchester: Meet 6pm, Whitworth Park, Oxford Road
Southampton: Meet 6pm, east side of Southampton Common

Saturday 13 June:

London: Meet 3pm, south-east corner of Hyde Park
Cardiff: Meet 3pm, Park Place (near National Museum and Cardiff University)
Sheffield: TBC - Meet 11am in Endcliffe Park at the Victoria Monument

Sunday 14 June:

Brighton: Meet 12 noon, The Level park, south of Union Road, BN2 3FX

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Key facts:

World Naked Bike Rides have taken place since 2004

Rides take place in over 40 cities around the world.

Southern hemisphere rides took place in March this year, including cities in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and Peru. A small solidarity ride also took place in Brighton, UK.

Public nudity is not illegal in England unless its intended to cause distress.

In some countries (notably Brazil, France, Greece and the USA) there have been clashes with police in the past.

Links:

Global World Naked Bike Ride website:
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/

Welcome page for UK rides:
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/uk/

Global World Naked Bike Ride wiki information site:
http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/

List of World Naked Bike Ride locations:
http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/wiki/List_of_rides

Atlas of World Naked Bike Ride locations:
icanhaz.com/wnbr-locations-gmap

Facebook events:
Brighton http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=25031415925
Southampton http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=71451867489
London http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=81590177505

For further information, please contact:
UK Press Office, World Naked Bike Ride
Tel: 44 (0) 20 3393 7408
Email:
Site: www.worldnakedbikeride.org/uk

Media contacts

UK Press Office
Tel: 44 (0) 20 3393 7408
Email:
Site: www.worldnakedbikeride.org/uk

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