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Brighton Naked Bike Ride mixes celebration and protest in its eighth year

2013-05-08

May 08, 2013, Press Dispensary. On Sunday 9 June the World Naked Bike Ride will return to the streets of Brighton for its eighth annual ride. Up to a thousand "bare as you dare" cyclists are expected to pedal through the heart of the city. Joining protests in over 50 locations around the world, including ten in the UK, the ride celebrates body-powered transport as a positive answer to the problems of car-dominated public space, air pollution, climate change and conflict over diminishing oil resources.

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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Notes for editors
Event listing:

Brighton Naked Bike Ride
Sunday 9 June 2013
Meet 12 noon at Preston Park, Preston Road/A23, BN1 6DT (http://goo.gl/maps/bQN7)
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

Brighton web links:

* Website: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
* Press office: http://pressdispensary.co.uk/bnbr
* Facebook event: http://facebook.com/events/184291465032466
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/btnnakedbike
* Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wnbr-brighton

Background information:

* Carbon dioxide concentrations: “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.” Source: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/

* HowStuffWorks: “Is there a way to compare a human being to an engine in terms of efficiency?” http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question527.htm

Other links:

* UK rides information: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/uk
* Worldwide rides information: http://worldnakedbikeride.org
* Bike Week (UK): http://www.bikeweek.org.uk

Photos available to download:

* Press Dispensary: http://pressdispensary.co.uk/image_library/q99432.php
* Alamy: http://alamy.com/search-results.asp?qt=brighton+naked+bike+ride
* Rex Features: http://rexfeatures.com/search/?kw=brighton+naked+bike+ride

For further information, please contact:

Brighton Naked Bike Ride
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

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

Media contacts


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

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

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Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2008

Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2008
Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2008
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Naked bike riders cycling along Upper St James Street, near the end of the Brighton Naked Bike Ride, June 2008.
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Naked bike riders cycling along Upper St James Street, near the end of the Brighton Naked Bike Ride, June 2008.

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Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2006

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Three cyclists raise their bikes in salute at the end of the first Brighton Naked Bike Ride.
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Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2006

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Three cyclists raise their bikes in salute at the end of the first Brighton Naked Bike Ride.

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