Brighton Naked Bike Ride mixes celebration and protest in its eighth year
2012 saw the second largest increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide ever recorded, with levels now at 394 parts per million, compared to less than 320ppm in 1960. Emissions – of which transport accounts for nearly a quarter – are continuing to accelerate, pushing the planet toward an irreversible tipping point and catastrophic warming.
This year ride organisers say that, despite the alarming global outlook, there is much to celebrate in Brighton & Hove. Co-organiser, Duncan Blinkhorn, said: "It is exciting to see the progress being made across the city to enable more people to lighten up and get on their bikes. With new cycle lanes along Old Shoreham Road and Lewes Road, improvements to junctions including Seven Dials, cycle contra-flows in the North Laine, accessible training and advice, and 20 mph speed limits, Brighton & Hove is showing other towns and cities what can be achieved."
He added: "World Naked Bike Ride is the ultimate safety-in-numbers experience. We demonstrate that even with the vulnerability of being naked, together we can feel confident and have great fun cycling in the city. Research shows that if more people cycle, the safer and more confident they become on the road, emboldening others to have a go."
Alice Pickering, co-founder of Cranks community DIY bike workshop, will be joining the ride for the first time this year. She added: "I'm looking forward to riding bikes together in the buff. It looks like an amazingly liberating and humanising activity!".
The annual party on wheels is a family friendly part of national Bike Week. Participants are invited to gather at Preston Park (BN1 6DT) from 12 noon on Sunday 9 June, before setting off for a 9-mile "naked sightseeing" protest ride around the city. The event has been cleared with Sussex Police.
To find out more about the ride, visit http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
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For further information, please contact:
Duncan Blinkhorn, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7944 152706
William Morris, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7952 424356
Nick Sayers, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7812 036415
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