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Thursday 28 May 2015

Tenth Annual Brighton Naked Bike Ride To Celebrate Bikes And Body Power

Brighton's tenth annual celebration of bikes, body power and low carbon living will pedal through the city, next month.

The Brighton Naked Bike Ride 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."

Duncan 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 in central Brighton at 12 noon,on 14th June 2015, where participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes and bodies with environmental messages. 

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 worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton


by: Mike Cobley


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