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Tenth annual Brighton Naked Bike Ride to celebrate bikes and body power

2015-05-21

May 21, 2015, Brighton, UK. Press Dispensary. On Sunday 14 June, 2015, Brighton's tenth annual celebration of bikes, body power and low carbon living will pedal through the city. One of over 50 World Naked Bike Ride events around the globe - including ten in the UK - the event aims to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists and the environment. This is set against the destructive effects of over a billion oil-dependent vehicles dominating our urban space, accounting for a sixth of global carbon emissions.

Environmental campaigner and co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said, "The World Naked Bike Ride has become a great Brighton tradition - a light-hearted and liberating protest that brings cheers and smiles in its wake. Brighton & Hove has made huge progress in becoming less car dependent and more bike friendly since our first ride in 2006. However, the UK and most of the world has a long way to go to reduce CO2 emissions by over 80 percent, to avoid climate catastrophe by 2050. 2015 is a critical year: in December a global climate summit will be hosted in Paris. The world will be looking to its leaders to deliver more decisive action and ensure that fossil fuels are kept in their place - in the ground! A group of us will be cycling from Brighton to Paris to join thousands of others making that very point, and pushing for a more urgent shift to renewable energy."

He added, "The World Naked Bike Ride aims to be fun, empowering and inclusive, with participants invited to ride 'as bare as you dare'. It shows how much less vulnerable you can feel when cycling en masse - even if you're stark naked - and offers a cheery vision of what a cycling city can look like."

Up to a thousand riders are expected to assemble at The Level park (BN2 3FX) in central Brighton at 12 noon, where participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes and bodies with environmental messages. The procession, accompanied by a fleet of sound systems, will head off at 1.30pm. It will pass several of the city centre's iconic sites including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier, seafront, Lanes, North Laine and Kemptown before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach.

The event is part of national Bike Week. Participation is free. To find out more about the event and how to take part, please visit http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

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Event listing:
Brighton Naked Bike Ride
Sunday 14 June 2015
Meet 12 noon at The Level park
Union Road, Brighton BN2 3FX
http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

Brighton web links:
* Website: http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
* Press office: http://pressdispensary.co.uk/bnbr
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/btnnakedbike
* Facebook event: http://facebook.com/events/655049637904414
* Facebook page: http://facebook.com/pages/0/116674705198

Related information:

World Naked Bike Ride: http://worldnakedbikeride.org
UK rides information: http://wnbr.org.uk

Bike Week 2015, 13-21 June
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging 'everyday cycling for everyone'. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends.
http://bikeweek.org.uk

Time to Cycle (to Paris COP-21)
http://facebook.com/timetocycle
http://campaigncc.org/COP21Paris

Facts and figures
* Number of motor vehicles in the world: Over 1 billion (approx 1,183,213,000 in 2013)
http://www.oica.net/category/vehicles-in-use/
* Proportion of global CO2 emissions due to road transport: 17-18 percent (approx one sixth)
http://unep.org/transport/gfe/i/autotool/understanding_the_problem/Trends_and_scenarios.asp#emission
* Minimum emission reductions required by UK as advised by the government's Committee On Climate Change: Over 80 percent by 2050
http://theccc.org.uk/tackling-climate-change/the-legal-landscape/global-action-on-climate-change

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For further information, please contact:

Brighton Naked Bike Ride
Email:
Site: worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

* Duncan Blinkhorn, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7944 152706
* Nick Sayers, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7812 036415

Media contacts


Email:
Site: worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton

* Duncan Blinkhorn, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7944 152706
* Nick Sayers, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7812 036415

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