Brighton Naked Bike Ride, Sunday 13 June

Big Figures Expected at Brighton’s Fifth World Naked Bike Ride – Up to 1,000 participants are expected to join Brighton’s fifth annual World Naked Bike Ride environmental protest on Sunday 13 June, in what organisers are predicting to be the biggest, barest and best bike ride yet. The Brighton leg of the international event has quickly grown to an astonishing 700 riders last year, from 160 in 2006, and has become a regular fixture in the city’s summer calendar. Over 50 cities across the globe host World Naked Bike Rides, including seven in the UK, many on the same weekend as the Brighton event. The rides are part of a growing movement celebrating bikes and body power, demonstrating cyclists’ vulnerability and protesting against the dominance of cars and the pollution they cause.

Meeting on The Level, Ditchling Road at 12 noon, cyclists will pass many of Brighton & Hove’s famous landmarks before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach in Kemp Town for a post-ride dip in the sea. Cyclists and skaters are warmly invited to join in, fully nude or “as bare as you dare”. Many adorn or disguise themselves with body paint, wigs, sunglasses and swimsuits, while others prefer the liberation of being clothes-free. The event, and nudity, have been cleared with Sussex Police, who will escort the protest. The UK rides are part of national Bike Week.

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