The ride itself was very good, it’s what happened at the end that’s bad.
For those out of the loop:
Suzanne was knocked off her bike towards the end of the ride. She suffered a broken ankle. Currently she is in William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. Her ankle will need surgery to fix, it is a multiple break and dislocation.
We are expecting surgery to take place Thursday. I’ll post here, Twitter and Facebook as and when I have definite news.
Our thanks for all the good wishes, it’s nice to be among friends when times are bad.
Published June 14, 2013 | By Reg Barlow
This event – originally scheduled for 29th June – has been cancelled, pending formal discussions with the City of London Corporation.
The picnic was intended to be a ‘proof of concept’ demonstration that naturism on Hampstead Heath and other large open spaces in London could work. However, following an exchange of letters between myself and Sue Ireland, Director of Open Spaces for the Corporation, and the acceptance of an offer for discussions, I feel that it would be inappropriate for the event to continue. I am sorry to disappoint anyone, but hope you’ll understand that NAG is doing this for the greater good of naturism in London and as a whole.
Your co-operation would be appreciated by not attending on 29th or the alternative date provided in case of poor weather, and by re-posting this message to other forums and message boards so that this information is broadcast as widely as possible.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group
It’s this Saturday, that’s tomorrow evening. 1 June 2013 at 6 PM.
Weather is looking good so come and join us!
The first of the 2013 clothes optional evenings is next weekend, 1 June from 6PM. These are delightful evenings, you can walk naked around the gardens and in the butterfly house. The cafe will be open for food and drink and there is a shop selling all sorts of interesting items.
I have updated the WNBR Page with the latest information. Most rides now have a confirmed date. If you know of any UK rides that I have not mentioned please get in touch.
The Brighton ride has put out a press release 1 month before the ride is due to take place:
Brighton Naked Bike Ride mixes celebration and protest in its eighth year.
On Sunday 9 June the World Naked Bike Ride will return to the streets of Brighton for its eighth annual ride. Up to a thousand “bare as you dare” cyclists are expected to pedal through the heart of the city. Joining protests in over 50 locations around the world, including ten in the UK, the ride celebrates body-powered transport as a positive answer to the problems of car-dominated public space, air pollution, climate change and conflict over diminishing oil resources.
2012 saw the second largest increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide ever recorded, with levels now at 394 parts per million, compared to less than 320ppm in 1960. Emissions – of which transport accounts for nearly a quarter – are continuing to accelerate, pushing the planet toward an irreversible tipping point and catastrophic warming.
This year ride organisers say that, despite the alarming global outlook, there is much to celebrate in Brighton & Hove. Co-organiser, Duncan Blinkhorn, said: “It is exciting to see the progress being made across the city to enable more people to lighten up and get on their bikes. With new cycle lanes along Old Shoreham Road and Lewes Road, improvements to junctions including Seven Dials, cycle contra-flows in the North Laine, accessible training and advice, and 20 mph speed limits, Brighton & Hove is showing other towns and cities what can be achieved.”
He added: “World Naked Bike Ride is the ultimate safety-in-numbers experience. We demonstrate that even with the vulnerability of being naked, together we can feel confident and have great fun cycling in the city. Research shows that if more people cycle, the safer and more confident they become on the road, emboldening others to have a go.”
Alice Pickering, co-founder of Cranks community DIY bike workshop, will be joining the ride for the first time this year. She added: “I’m looking forward to riding bikes together in the buff. It looks like an amazingly liberating and humanising activity!”.
The annual party on wheels is a family friendly part of national Bike Week. Participants are invited to gather at Preston Park (BN1 6DT) from 12 noon on Sunday 9 June, before setting off for a 9-mile “naked sightseeing” protest ride around the city. The event has been cleared with Sussex Police.
To find out more about the ride, visit http://worldnakedbikeride.org/brighton
Taken from the Canterbury WNBR Facebook page:
Useful downloadable leaflet pertinent to Southampton, Brighton, Canterbury and Portsmouth rides. Please download, print (double sided), fold into three, and disseminate among friends, enemies and colleagues….. )
Some very good points were raised by Jerry, here is his contribution to the discussion:
“I have no plans to _reinstate subscriptions_, the preferred
method of keeping up with activities is to subscribe to our
Facebook page and Twitter feed.”
Dave, it might be an idea to make the above clear that it applies to
website comment accounts and not NL magazines nor SLC membership
Also, please be aware that increasing numbers of people want nothing
what so ever to do with Facebook and Twitter, please don’t allow
yourself to be dragged to far into the industry hype surrounding
“social media”, if it’s worth NL / SLC saying it then it’s worth
saying it on your own website.
Jerry (ex of URN)
West Sussex. United Kingdom.
You can still subscribe to the Magazine, we are only suspending subscriptions to the website, so please do not confuse these two very different subscriptions!
We will publish information on Twitter and Facebook but we will also post it here on our own blog. I agree with Jerry that not everyone wants to get involved with social media. We are free to post what we like here without the involvement and authority of third parties. I enjoy that freedom!
My thanks to Jerry for his astute insight on my some what ambiguous post.
One of the problems of having a website is that sometimes the unsavoury elements that frequent cyberspace take an interest and cause problems.
On Friday 26 April 2013 the site suffered a DDOS attack. We have also suffered from a major spam attack with spam user accounts being created and spam comments being left on the site.
The DDOS we can do nothing about until it passes. It has diminished in the last few minutes.
The Spam is easier. I have deleted all the users and all the comments. I have also removed the option to subscribe to the site.
If you were a legitimate subscriber, and we had many of you, sorry about this but you just got erased.
I have no plans to reinstate subscriptions, the preferred method of keeping up with activities is to subscribe to our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Suzanne has moved into her new house!