Brighton & Hove planning notes
Confirmed as Sunday 13 June 2010.
In 2009, we discussed riding again on the regular Saturday, the day after (Sunday), and on the previous weekend. It was decided to move to the Sunday. The following factors were taken into consideration:
- On 13 June 2010, the Brighton & Hove Motor Club are holding a motoring event at Preston Park. This shouldn't be a problem – we decided against starting from Preston Park, and they'll probably return to their traditional venue at Stanmer Park next year. Just worth checking in case it happens again when/if we move start location in 2011.
- The ride should take place during university and college term time (University of Sussex, University of Brighton, City College), to maximise student involvement
- The London-Brighton Classic Car Run will be on Sunday 6 June 2010. This takes up a lot of city road space and finishes on Madeira Drive.
- The London Naked Bike Ride is on Saturday 12 June 2010.
- The London to Brighton Bike Ride will be on Sunday 20 June 2010. This ride traditionally takes place on the third Sunday in June. If Brighton continues its practice of riding the day after London (traditionally the second Saturday in June), there will be clashes with the London to Brighton ride in 2014 and 2025!
- There may be other clashing events (eg: see Brighton Run, although their calendar isn't definitive).
- In the Northern Hemisphere, WNBRs have traditionally been on the second Saturday in June. However, this isn't mandatory.
- Having international rides on the same day has led to stronger publicity and better solidarity between ride locations.
- The Brighton 2008 and 2009 rides saw massive increases in numbers. Many feel this was due to the ride being on a different day to London, giving riders a better chance to take part in both.
- Holding the 2009 ride on Sunday proved to be a successful experiment, having always done it on Saturdays previously.
- Riding on a Sunday might mean a better chance of getting into Monday newspapers, which are often eager for stories.
- The volume and "mood" of traffic may differ between Saturday and Sunday
Bulk communications (emails, SMS) are sent to:
- Facebook: event, group, page
- Yahoo Group (mark important messages as Special Notice)
- Email (BCC to mailing list)
- Clickatell (for SMS)
Pre/post-ride event listings/updates:
To really make this ride happen, people are wanted to get involved in organising and promoting the ride. The following jobs need to be taken on by eager volunteers:
Before the ride
- Pre-ride event organisers (1 volunteer)
- Police liaison (URGENTLY NEED MAIN VOLUNTEER!)
- Press release writing and media liaison (3 volunteers – press releases written and distributed by Press Dispensary)
- Flyer and poster printing and distribution (1 volunteer)
- Legal support
- Outreach (see interest groups, below)
- Web editors and designers (for this wiki and the main site)
- Fund-raisers (funds needed for advertising, flyer/poster printing, legal costs etc)
- Communications officer – email-outs, mailing list etc
On the day
- Body painters
- Cycling marshals, front and back (with walky-talkies?) (1 coordination volunteer)
- Stationary marshals at key junctions
- Stewards (non-riding), to set up and clear start point etc
- Bike/skate mechanics
- Sound system bikes and riders
- Trailer bikes to carry clothes?
- Refreshments provider at end of ride (nudist beach?) (ice box with beer, fruit etc?)
Interest group representatives
Individuals and representatives from the following interest groups are also sought:
- Body arts practitioners
- Environmentalists (1 volunteer)
- Lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community (1 volunteer)
- Naked protesters
- Performance artists
- Sustainable transport advocates
- The event and route will be cleared with Sussex Police Planning & Events Department
- It may also need to be checked with the Brighton & Hove Council Events Office
- We will have free public liability insurance through Bike Week
- We will have to confirm that our ride can start from the Level. Eg: it may clash with BASS (Brighton Alliance of Sound Systems), who have staging festivals at the Level around the same time as the Brighton Naked Bike Ride in previous years, or the funfair that is sometimes hosted there
- Katherine Travis may be able to help with council clearance and promotion
Hopefully the issue of full nudity has been resolved now, following the 2007 ride. (Exposure of "rude bits" was banned at the 2006 ride by Chief Superintendent Jeremy Paine. He has since been replaced by Graham Cox, then Alan Ladley, Kevin Moore, and now Paul Pearce.)
Planning meetings to discuss this ride will take place at least once a month in the months leading up to the ride. Please come along if you'd like to get involved!
Solidarity event (March)
A successful photo shoot and solidarity naked bike ride occurred on Saturday 10 March 2009. This was in solidarity with southern hemisphere rides happening the same weekend, as well as a means of publicising the summer ride.
Building on the strength of this, if a sufficient number and gender mix of hardy cyclists can be found, a similar ride could happen again in March 2010.
Events where the ride could be promoted
- Lewes WellBeing Fest, Sat 16 - Sun 17 January 2010
- Brighton Vegan Fayre, Sat 20 March 2010
- University of Sussex Green Week, 21-27 April 2009 [2010 date?]
- UniFest, University of Sussex, Sat 25 April 2009 [2010 date?]
- London Naked Bike Ride, Sat 12 June 2010
WNBR Brighton & Hove films (5-10 minutes each) – see Brighton & Hove video
Other WNBR, naked protest and Critical Mass documentaries considered:
- Road Rage (BBC?)
- World Naked Bike Ride, London, 11 June 2005, by Keith Roberson (5 mins)
- World Naked Bike Ride – The Documentary by High Altitude Films (30-min film about the London 2005 ride, narrated by Jon Snow)
- Naked (Canadian naked protest documentary, 30 mins)
- Other naked protest documentary (5-min London naked protest documentary available)
- Still We Ride (Critical Mass documentary, 37 mins)
- We Are Traffic (Critical Mass documentary, 50 mins)
- Car Nation, episode 2: 'Of Course You Can Have Five Cars' (Denham Productions, 64 mins)
- CycleHero – a 1/2 minute advert for cycling by the CTC (features brief glimpse of Nick Sayers, WNBR Brighton 2006 organiser!)
- The Low Tide Riders (short film of the Low Tide Bike Ride, April 2008, 3 mins)
- 600 strip naked on glacier in global warming protest (Greenpeace / Spencer Tunick Aug 2007, 2 mins)
Screening venues considered
- Ali-Cats Bar, Brighton
- Cineworld/UGC, Brighton Marina
- Cowley Club, Brighton – possible link-up with their weekly film night (Tuesdays, 8.30pm)
- Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton
- Brighton Fringe Basement
- Gardner Arts Centre, Falmer
- Odeon, Brighton
- Sanctuary Café, Hove
- University of Brighton
- University of Sussex, Falmer – possible link-up with University of Sussex Environmental Society (meets weekly during term: Wednesdays, 5pm, Training Room 1, Falmer House)
Please get in touch if you can help organise these screenings: Do you have connections with he venues? Can you lend or borrow a video projector? Would you like to give a short talk to introduce each film?
Pre-ride cycle confidence training session/s
Ian at Bike For Life has offered to organise pre-ride training sessions to boost people's confidence with riding bikes, prior to the ride.
Potential affiliations, sponsorship and endorsements
Bottled water company based in London that uses biodegradable bottles made from corn starch
- Baobab Café
Next to the Level. Have expressed an interest in supplying refreshments at the ride start.
- The Big Lemon
Expressed an interest in chartering a double-decker bus for the ride (to transport riders from and to London? Clothing-optional?)
- Bike For Life
Sponsored the 2008 ride, offered cycle confidence training before 2006 ride.
- The Bike's The Business
Carried fruit for the 2006 ride, sponsored the 2008 ride (?).
- Bill's Produce Store
Organic food shop in Lewes and Brighton. Provided fresh fruit for the 2006 ride.
- Brighton & Hove Council Walking & Cycling Officer
Abbie Hone has offered to set up a 'Dr Bike' session at the start of the ride.
- Brighton Body Casting
Body casting studio on the seafront near Black Rock naturist beach
- Castor & Pollux
Manager rode last year and mentioned they could sponsor us!
Co-operative bike workshop. Sponsored 2008 ride (?)
- Down To Earth, Portland Road, Hove
- Five Miles To Fabulous
CTC's promotional weekend of women's cycling, coincides with the Brighton ride date!
- Green Women (Brighton & Hove)
Liz Wakefield has agreed to promote the ride to the email list of this group
- Life Pure Water
Brighton-based ethical bottled water company that donates money from sales to developing countries
- Naked Juice
Juice company that organised a small London promo ride in 2009 (photos at Rex Features)
- Naked Wines
Not sure how ethical they are, but the name's apt!
- Natural Balance Foods
Interested in promoting their Nakd cereal bars at the ride (thanks to Liz Wakefield from the Green Party!)
The UK charity providing support for victims of road crashes – share WNBR's aim of highlighting road users' vulnerability and the human cost of road crashes
- Rude Health
Organic breakfast cereals – cheekily appropriate company name for supporting the Brighton Naked Bike Ride?
Might be persuaded to set up a stall at the start of the ride
- Yellowave beachsports
Volleyball club near the end of the ride
Participants should be reminded to bring bags to carry clothes, but just in case, organisers should bring some!
Bike and skate hire companies need to be contacted about the possibility of hiring out bikes and skates. (Eg: Planet Cycles)
Pre-ride body and bike decoration
Volunteers wanted: Body Painters, Crafty People
Volunteers wanted: People to put up rider enclosure ribbon barriers, information desk etc
Route map: See Google Maps
Route problem for 2010 ride: Green Wave Festival is taking place on 12-13 June 2010, and there will be stalls along New Road and Jubilee Square!
The route starts at the Level and ends at the Black Rock naturist beach. It passes the following landmarks (in route order): Royal Pavilion, Old Steine, Brighton Pier, Brighton & Hove seafront, West Pier, Peace Statue, King Alfred Leisure Centre, George Street, Hove Town Hall, Floral Clock, Western Road, Churchill Square, Clock Tower, the (south) Lanes, North Laine, Jubilee Library, Kemptown. The route is 6.9 miles long (Critical Mass Brighton usually goes between 5 and 7 miles).
It would be a good idea to make stops along the route in case people want to take off more clothes. The best potential places for this are: the Peace Statue, the bottom of Fourth Avenue, Hove Town Hall and the Floral Clock (+ maybe New Road/Victoria Gardens?).
An alternative route may also need to be planned, in case of bad weather.
- "Riding anticlockwise reduces the number of times you cross the traffic."
- "Make sure that no other event/s are going to clash with your route on the same day."
Volunteers wanted: Ride Marshals/Stewards, Bike Mechanics
As the ride finishes at the Kemptown Nudist Beach, a post-ride sea swim and beach picnic would be ideal for riders to wind down after the event.
Local companies could be found to endorse the ride by providing food.
Volunteers wanted: Post-Ride Event Organisers, people to find local companies willing to donate food and drink
Flyers, posters, stickers etc
Please print and distribute posters and flyers around Brighton, Hove, Sussex, London and the UK. Download PDF files from the main Brighton & Hove page.
Can any printers offer to do a cheap/free print run? (Preferably using recycled paper and/or vegetable-based inks.)
Suggested places to put flyers and posters:
- On bikes (trap under brake levers/cables etc)
- Bike racks at the train station, library, colleges and universities
- Infinity Foods noticeboard
- Brighton Fringe office window noticeboard
- Café noticeboards (eg: Dumb Waiter, Sanctuary Café)
- Shops (Brighton shops often accept A3 posters)
We could approach a company such as SWAT to help us?
A list of links related to this ride is maintained at the WNBR Brighton & Hove Yahoo! group.
If you know of any related sites that can link to us, please ask the site administrators to do this. The link text should be "Brighton Naked Bike Ride, UK", and the link URL should be www.worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton. To link to the global site, please use the link text "World Naked Bike Ride", and the URL www.worldnakedbikeride.org. Blurb:
- Every year, in cities around the world, people will be riding naked to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against oil dependency. Be there, as bare as you dare!
These links are from 2006 and need updating!
The following media have been contacted about covering the event:
- Attitude magazine
- BBC Southern Counties radio – interview on 23 May 2006 at 12 noon
- Blue Guide To Brighton – post-ride editorial planned for July 2006 edition
- Don't Panic – article in the Transport issue 
- EasyJet magazine
- G Scene magazine – promised to publish article in June 2006 edition
- The Latest magazine
- London Cyclist magazine
- Radio Reverb
- Rocks magazine – promised to publish article in June and July 2006 editions
The following people should be approached about the possibility of providing professional bike-mounted first aid:
- Michael Brian Nugent (see his Facebook or Flickr profiles to get in touch)
- South East Coast Ambulance Service have a Cycle Response Unit (see press release for further information). Contact cyclist Paul Hadlow [?] 07702 463767 to discuss – also operates privately.
- St John Ambulance have Cycle Responders too
Contacts with sound systems:
- Alex S
- Duncan B
- Freddy F
- Iain W (Cranks)
- Jacob S
- Mark C
- Nathan S
- Nic B
- Rinky Dink (London)
- Stephane S (Swervy World)
We're always keen for tandems, unicycles, rickshaws, penny-farthings etc to take part. Potential contacts:
- Pedibus London - 12-seater pedal bus!
- Hungry Monkey (Hove) have a Christiania Bike for food delivery
- Duncan Blinkhorn's tandem
- Guy Marley (?)'s penny farthing
- Rickshaw: Silver bespoke glass shop, 38 St James Street, Kemp Town (contact Paul Lewis 07980 599043)
- Rickshaw: JUGs, 44 Blatchington Road, Hove (Contact: Russ?)
- Villa & Hut have a broken rickshaw in their Portslade warehouse that might be fixable. However, they're not very environmentally friendly as they import mahogany!
- The Bike's The Business (Brighton)
- Bugbugs (London)
- Nick Sayers' mini penny farthing
- 'Lick' ice cream and frozen yoghurt emporium have a special ice cream bicycle!
- Mobile Media have Adbikes and Pedicabs – will quote for providing the bike at cost price. Contacts: Karen / Helen. --Nsayers 08:05, 6 May 2009 (PDT)
- mADbike Marketing ad bikes – based in Kent? T: 0844 884 5348 / M: 07825 828252
- Filomena of Caffe Yum, based in Peacehaven, has an ice cream bicycle from which she sells Downsview Farmhouse ice cream
- Wedding Trikes ice cream, Pimms and champagne bikes
- Man seen pedalling along Hove seafront cycle path on a handmade Baja 4-wheeled bike
- Babboe (020 7610 9190) bakfiets child-carrying bikes, based in London but looking to distribute in Brighton
For traders to come and sell products at the start or end of the ride, we should technically need a traders' license, which sounds like it would be prohibitively expensive. The council's Events department can also grant permission for traders in parks though. Although they can't officially sanction our event, they may grant trading permission if we can provide proof that another council department supports us as an official event.