Archive for Sunday, June 10, 2007

Environmentalists shed clothes, promote bikes

June 10, 2007


— With strategically placed helmets and slogans painted on bare skin, scores of people shed their clothes and rode through the seaside resort of Brighton on their bicycles Saturday to promote cycling as an environmentally friendly mode of transport.

"It is time more motorists stripped off their armor plating and moved around more gently on this earth," said Duncan Blinkhorn, 45, one of the event's organizers.

More than 200 cyclists in various stages of undress took part in the World Naked Bike Ride in Brighton and Hove, sister cities on the southern coast of England, to promote cycling.

Cyclists met with police chiefs ahead of the seven-mile ride to seek their advice about avoiding problems or formal complaints about the nudity.

Similar events took place Friday in the cities of Manchester, York and Southampton, and were expected in other countries.


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