On Saturday 7 June, over 200 people are expected to take part in
Brighton’s third annual World Naked Bike Ride. The event is part of an
international environmental campaign promoting cycling and protesting
against oil dependency and car culture. Following negotiations with
Sussex Police, full nudity is not considered a problem. This year a
post-ride picnic is also planned at the city’s naturist beach.
The ride celebrates cycling and the human body, and is a protest for safer, more sustainable, environmentally-friendly transport. It forms part of a growing global movement for stronger action on climate change. The naked element of the event is a powerful symbol of the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. The ride also highlights Brighton’s national status as a Cycling Demonstration Town. Skaters are also welcome.
The Brighton ride will assemble at The Level park, BN2 3FX, at 11am on Saturday 7 June. It will start off at 11.30am and finish around 1.30pm in Kemptown for the naturist beach picnic. There will be bike and body decoration at the Level from 10am. The event is free and people of all ages and appearances are warmly invited to join.
Participants should bring bikes or skates, bags to carry clothes, sun protection and shoes. Bike hire is available from Planet Cycles (01273 748881), where a 10 percent discount is available to people hiring bikes specifically for the ride.
Ride organisation is a grassroots, community effort with a shoestring budget. People willing to help plan or facilitate the event are thus invited to contact ride organisers in the run-up to the event.