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Naked bike riders salute Brighton & Hove as a cycle city

2013-06-09

June 09, 2013, Press Dispensary. Over six hundred people joined a nine-mile naked cycle tour of Brighton & Hove on Sunday. One of over  50 similar events around the globe under the World Naked Bike Ride banner, the environmental protest celebrates the clean, green credentials of bikes and body-powered transport.

The cavalcade of bodies and banners on bikes set off from Preston Park, where participants had prepared placards and painted their bodies with slogans declaring the benefits of cycling: 'clean and green', 'cheap and cheerful', 'burn fat not oil!'. A light hearted twist on 'one less car' cycle activism motto, one read 'one less bra!' as a fleet of sound systems pumped out upbeat tunes such as 'Shaking That Ass' , 'The Push-Bike Song'  and 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road?'.

The route took in the sights of the city, passing the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier and the seafront, then back past Churchill Square, the Lanes and North Laine, before heading for a big splash at the naturist beach via St James Street and Kemptown.

Ride supporter, Alice Pickering,  responded to police concerns about public nudity saying, "we had cheers and friendly waves the whole way. It caused much more laughter than alarm, and had an effect of de-stress rather than distress!"

Co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said, "the ride has been a fantastic demonstration of the pedal-powered, free and easy fun that can be had on a bike."

He added: "Many people feel nervous about getting on a bike because they feel vulnerable in traffic. The World Naked Bike Ride shows that when we have safety in numbers we are emboldened enough to strip away our protective layers and laugh in the face of our vulnerabilities. The more people who cycle, the more confident we feel and, evidence shows, the safer it becomes for everyone. With the terrifying prospect of climate change, this is one way to cut carbon emissions while keeping fit and saving money."

Organisers were upbeat about the progress being made in Brighton & Hove to improve conditions for cycling, saying: "we applaud Brighton & Hove City Council's efforts to improve conditions for cycling with better bike lanes and a 20 mph speed limit, enabling more people to feel safer on their bikes."

A post-ride, clothes-optional pool party - the Midsummer Skinny Dip - will be held at Pells pool in Lewes on Saturday 22 June, 7.30-10.30pm. To find out more about this event and others hosted by Brighton Naked Bike Ride - including the 2014 ride - please visit http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

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Notes for editors
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: β€œ2012 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: β€œIs 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:


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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