Title: World Naked Bike Ride – Southampton – June 11th
Location: East side of Southampton Common, next to Highfield Road
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Description: This year’s Southampton Naked Bike Ride takes place on June 11th. As ever, the meeting place will be the east side of Southampton Common, next to Highfield Road. Meeting time 6pm, departure 6.30pm, ride length 6 miles which – at our leisurely pace – will take about 1 hour. Bring picnic snacks and drinks to relax on the Common while it’s still warm, then join us for more celebrations at The Hobbit into the evening.
For those who are new to the ride…
WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
This is a peaceful, imaginative and fun protest against oil dependency and car culture. A celebration of the bicycle and also a celebration of the power and individuality of the human body. A symbol of the vulnerability of the cyclist in traffic. The world’s biggest naked protest: 50+ cities and thousands of riders participate worldwide, including more than 3000 in the UK in 2009, of which 150 rode in Southampton!
Dress code is ‘bare as you dare’. That means nudity is not compulsory, but many go completely naked. Go as bare as you feel comfortable doing.
Will I get arrested? Very unlikely. Simple nudity is not a crime and no-one has been arrested at any UK ride over six previous years. In Southampton the police have been completely accepting of full nudity, and in London and Brighton, bike-mounted police have even helped with traffic control (clothed!). Indecent or lewd behaviour will not be tolerated so keep it clean.
Full details of the Southampton ride here: http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/uk/southampton/
VOLUNTEERS WANTED, CLOTHED & NAKED, RIDING & NON-RIDING
We’d love to make the ride even better than previous years, but need volunteers to help. For example, with a couple of non-riding volunteers we could provi de a ‘cloakroom’ facility so riders could leave belongings at the Common, instead of lugging them around on the bike. We hope to have a changing tent where more sensitive souls can have a little privacy while stripping off. We’d also like a clothed rider to follow the back of the ride, just to make sure no-one is left behind. Please, please ‘volunteer’ your friends or yourself to help out with these tasks. Emails please to southampton <at> worldnakedbikeride.org.
THE ART HOUSE PAINTS BODIES AGAIN
Our friends at The Art House, Southampton’s favourite creative hot house and organic cafe, have offered once again to apply their artistic talents to pre-ride body painting from 4pm on the day of the ride. Some of our most spectacular riders got painted up here in 2009, so join us again this year for your full body makeover. http://www.thearthousesouthampton.co.uk/
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK EVENT
If you haven’t already, click through to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=331502301042 and join this event. Then be sure to invite all of your friends!
PROMOTE THE RIDE WITH POSTERS AND FLYERS
We have posters and flyers for you to print and distribute here: http://tinyurl.com/35wywr4
SEE YOU ON JUNE 11TH!
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 20:00