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Big Figures Expected at Brighton's Fifth World Naked Bike Ride

2010-04-21

April 21, 2010, Press Dispensary. Up to 1,000 participants are expected to join Brighton's fifth annual World Naked Bike Ride environmental protest on Sunday 13 June, in what organisers are predicting to be the biggest, barest and best bike ride yet. The Brighton leg of the international event has quickly grown to an astonishing 700 riders last year, from 160 in 2006, and has become a regular fixture in the city's summer calendar.

Nick Sayers, co-organiser of the ride, says, "The popularity of the ride demonstrates that people in Brighton are really up for it, not just throwing a party, but showing their passion and creativity in tackling environmental issues and the need to remedy the destructive effects of car culture".

All of us are naked against the car fumes that get into our lungs, not to mention the effect they have on global warming
Vicky Etheridge

Over 50 cities across the globe host World Naked Bike Rides, including seven in the UK, many on the same weekend as the Brighton event. The rides are part of a growing movement celebrating bikes and body power, demonstrating cyclists' vulnerability and protesting against the dominance of cars and the pollution they cause.

Meeting in The Level, Ditchling Road at 12 noon, cyclists will pass many of Brighton & Hove's famous landmarks before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach in Kemp Town for a post-ride dip in the sea. The ride certainly grabs the attention of crowds, who provide support with their cheers and delighted faces along its easy "naked sightseeing" route.

Cyclists and skaters are warmly invited to join in, fully nude or "as bare as you dare". Many adorn or disguise themselves with body paint, wigs, sunglasses and swimsuits, while others prefer the liberation of being clothes-free.

Vicky Etheridge, fellow organiser, says, "cyclist or not, all of us are naked against the car fumes that get into our lungs, not to mention the effect they have on global warming. This event allows us to express and challenge our vulnerabilities with a spectacular mix of seriousness and celebration. It offers up another possibility of city streets being reopened to the people."

The event, and nudity, have been cleared with Sussex Police, who will escort the protest. The UK rides are part of national Bike Week.

For more information, visit http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

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Notes for editors
Event listing:

Brighton Naked Bike Ride
Sunday 13 June 2010
Meet 12 noon at the Level, BN2 3FX
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

Brighton web links:

* Website: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
* Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=92535038599
* Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wnbr-brighton/
* Press office: http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/releases/q99432.php

Other links:

* UK rides information: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/uk
* Worldwide rides information: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/

Photos available to download:

* http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/image_library/q99432.php
* http://www.alamy.com/search-results.asp?qt=brighton+naked+bike+ride

For further information, please contact:


William Morris, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 1273 719762

Vicky Etheridge, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7855 969244

Nick Sayers, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7812 036415

Email:
Site: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

Media contacts


William Morris, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 1273 719762

Vicky Etheridge, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7855 969244

Nick Sayers, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7812 036415

Email:
Site: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

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