Brighton & Hove
Join us for a naked lunch, a seaside bike ride in the buff, a paddle in the sea and a naturist beach picnic!
Every year since 2006, Brighton has joined World Naked Bike Rides around the world to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against car culture.
Brighton's seventh World Naked Bike Ride will take place on Sunday 10 June 2012. Rain and wind meant a lower turnout in 2011, but we still managed 300 riders. An astonishing 800-1,000 riders took part in 2010 (up from 700, 400, 180 and 160 in previous years). Many more are expected in 2012. As of the 2007 ride, following negotiations with Sussex Police, full nudity is permitted at the event.
The ride forms part of national Bike Week (16–24 June 2012).
Please join our email list for occasional updates on the ride and related events.
Food and drink
Please make sure you're well-fed at the start of the ride. If necessary, bring lunch to eat before we start, plus snacks and water for the ride.
Bike and body decoration
Please bring decorations and body paint
The route goes via central Brighton and Hove, past a number of local attractions (Brighton Pier, The Royal Pavilion, the seafront etc), before finishing at Black Rock naturist beach where we can have a post-ride swim and picnic.
Check local weather at the following sites:
If you live out of town, please try to use sustainable transport to get to the start of the ride (eg: train, bus, car share, bio-diesel or electric vehicle). Please note that most buses don't take bikes (apart from folding bikes). You can check various options at:
If you haven't got a bike, the following shops are offering 10% discounts on the day of the event to people who quote 'Brighton Naked Bike Ride':
The following company also hires out Dutch bikes, including tandems and child-carrying bikes, and is located next to Brighton train station:
Illustrations by Grizelda
Double-sided flyers now available, with full information about the ride:
- A8 mini flyers
(business card size, 8 fronts / 8 backs to an A4 sheet, work-and-turn)
Attach to bikes, hand out as business cards
- A6 postcard flyers
(postcard size, 2 fronts / 2 backs to an A4 sheet, work-and-turn)
Leave in shops (esp. bike shops!), cafés, noticeboards etc
A4 poster available in three versions (3-page PDF - enlarge to A3 for added impact!):
- A4 posters (3 designs on separate pages)
Put up in shops (especially bike shops!), cafés, bars, pubs etc
Download Adobe Reader to view and print these PDF files
Planning meetings to discuss this ride will take place at least once a month in the months leading up to the ride, starting in January. Please come along if you'd like to get involved!
For further information, see Upcoming
Post ride beach picnic
Sun 10 June 2012, approx 3.30pm/4m (after the Brighton ride)
Black Rock naturist beach, Kemp Town, Brighton
There will be a swim and beach picnic at the end of the Brighton ride.
Please bring food and drink to share.
Midsummer Skinny Dip 2012
Sat 30 June 2012, 7.30pm–10.30pm
Pells Pool, Brook Street, Lewes, BN7 2BA (map)
Fourth annual clothes-optional open-air swim, social and picnic
presented by the Brighton Naked Bike Ride planning group
Tickets £3 advance / £5 on door (under-16s free, accompanied by adult)
Poster and flyer:
T-shirts also available priced at £8
All proceeds to Brighton Naked Bike Ride and related events
Ride on the day
Spread the word
The more people know about the ride, the more will come. The more people come and ride, the more successful the event will be, and the safer riders will feel.
Help organise and promote this ride
The Brighton Naked Bike Ride is an environmental and road safety protest, not a charity event. However, if you'd like to raise money for charity through sponsoring your ride, please consider raising money for the following relevant organisations:
- Cyclists’ Defence Fund
- Friends Of The Earth
- Jo Walters Trust
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Media coverage, Photos, Video, History
A list of links related to this ride is also maintained at the Brighton Naked Bike Ride Yahoo! group.
More information on the Brighton & Hove ride is available at:
- Brighton Naked Bike Ride Facebook group (join us!)
- Brighton Naked Bike Ride Facebook page (become a fan!)
- Brighton Naked Bike Ride Yahoo! group
- WNBR UK Yahoo! group
The following Brighton bike organisations have sponsored our flyers and provided other support:
- Bike For Life: Cycle confidence training
- The Bike's The Business: Bike courier company
- Cranks: DIY bike workshop
- G-Whizz Cycles: Hove second-hand cycle emporium and workshop
We are also supported and endorsed by:
- Green Van Hire: Provided a grass-covered, bio-diesel support van on the 2009 and 2010 rides
- Magpie Recycling: Brighton recycling cooperative who have provided their bio-diesel flatbed truck as a support vehicle since the 2010 ride
- Press Dispensary: Press agency that have produced and distributed our press releases
Related interest groups
- Maps of Brighton & Hove: Streetmap.co.uk / ViaMichelin / Google Maps
- Wikipedia: Brighton & Hove
- Wikipedia: Brighton
- Wikipedia: Hove
- Wikipedia: East Sussex