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Naked riders celebrate ten years of good clean city-cycling fun


May 10, 2016, Brighton & Hove, UK. Press Dispensary. Brighton Naked Bike Ride will be back on the city's streets as part of Bike Week on Sunday 12 June - ten years since it first revealed itself. The annual celebration of low carbon, planet-friendly living aims to introduce more people to the joys of body-powered transport as part of a cleaner, safer and less oil-dependent future. The event is part of the World Naked Bike Ride, which will be taking place in over 50 cities around the globe, including more than 15 in the UK (a new Worthing ride will take place on 2 July).

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Brighton ride, organisers will be highlighting ten cycle-friendly improvements the city has seen since 2006:

• 20mph speed limits on most streets
• New, improved cycle lanes (eg: Old Shoreham Road, Lewes Road)
• Better junctions for cycling (eg: Vogue Gyratory, Seven Dials)
• Cycle contraflows (eg: North Laine)
• Lots more cycle parking on city streets
• New cycle parking facilities at rail stations
• Advance traffic 'go' lights for cyclists
• Shared space on New Road
• More deliveries by cycle courier
• More cycle shops and projects

Participants are also asked to nominate their own favourite cycle-friendly aspects of the city.

Environmental campaigner and joint organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said: "We should be proud of how far this city has come in becoming more cycle-friendly and less car-dependent. However, the recent diesel emission scandals have revealed the levels of deceit the motor industry is prepared to use to prop up a fundamentally unclean and unsafe business. Cycling continues to offer a low-impact transport solution for the future. We look forward to further progress, including the bicycle sharing scheme due to be rolled out over the next few years. In the meantime we invite everyone to join us on the ride - as bare as they dare - to celebrate the freedom, friendliness and good clean fun of getting around by bike."

Up to 1,000 riders are expected to assemble at The Level, Union Road, central Brighton (BN2 3FX) on Sunday 12 June 2016, at 12 noon. Participants will decorate their bikes and bodies with environmental messages. The procession - accompanied by a fleet of sound systems - will head off at 1.30pm toward the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier, passing west along the seafront, back through the Lanes, North Laine and Kemptown, before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach. An after-party is also planned - see website and social media for details.

Participation is free, family-friendly and 'as bare as you dare'. Some riders will strip off completely, while others will choose to ride in skimpy costumes or colourful body paint.

To find out more about the event and how to take part, please visit

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Notes for editors
Event listing:
Brighton Naked Bike Ride
Sunday 12 June 2016
Meet 12 noon at The Level park
Union Road, Brighton BN2 3FX

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Bike Week 2016, 11-19 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.

Facts and figures
* Number of motor vehicles in the world: Over 1 billion (approx 1,183,213,000 in 2013)
* Proportion of global CO2 emissions due to road transport: 17-18 percent (approx one sixth)
* Minimum emission reductions required by UK as advised by the government's Committee On Climate Change: Over 80 percent by 2050

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For further information, please contact:

Brighton Naked Bike Ride

Duncan Blinkhorn, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7944 152706

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

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Duncan Blinkhorn, ride co-organiser
Tel: + 44 (0) 7944 152706

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

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