Over a thousand ‘bare if you dare’ cyclists will take to the streets of the city to show that there’s people power in them thar naked bods.
Now a police-sanctioned institution, this pedal powered protest used to provoke some lively debate in the pages of the local press, but this is Brighton & Hove and things have calmed down a bit. Most citizens greet the protesters with a cheery wave and a bashful smile.
The ride, which celebrates body-powered transport, will also be happening in over fifty other venues around the world, including another nine in the UK.
There’s no lower age limit and everyone who can get on a bike is welcome. I do believe that they’re not that fussed even if you choose to wear some clothes, but do try to shed at least one garment to get in the spirit, even if it’s just your raincoat.
The ride’s aim is to highlight the problems of car-dominated public spaces, air pollution, climate change and issues around oil production.
“It’s the ultimate safety-in-number experience,” says co-organiser Duncan Blinkhorn. “We demonstrate that even with the vulnerability of being naked, together we can feel confident and have great fun cycling in the city.”
Blinkhorn praises the Council, saying:
“It’s exciting to see the progress being made across the city to enable more people to lighten up and get on their bikes. Brighton & Hove is showing other towns and cities what can be achieved.”
Part of National Bike Week, participants are asked to gather in Preston Park at noon on Sunday, June 9 for the ride, which will then set off on a relaxing 9 mile ‘naked sightseeing’ protest around the city.
For more information view: www.worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
Event: Brighton Naked Bike Ride
When: Sunday, June 9
Where: Preston Park, Preston Road/A23, BN1 6DT (http://goo.gl/maps/bQN7)