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Getting naked for cyclists' rights
2:30pm Thursday 12th June 2008 in Letters
The article about the World Naked Bike Ride got it seriously wrong by saying that we were protesting about oil prices (The Argus, June 9). It suggested we were in alliance with the short-sighted and selfishly motivated cut-fuel-tax brigade.
Our protest was against the social and environmental costs of oil and the destructive domination of our streets and the planet by cars. Decades of cheap oil have fuelled an overdependency and overuse of this alluring mode of transport, resulting in global warming, air pollution and carnage on roads across the world with 3,000 people killed every day.
As one of the organisers of Saturday's ride I, along with many fellow cyclists and environmental campaigners, welcome the recent price rise in petrol and diesel. It will focus thoughts where other messages have struggled to get through. It may help some motorists to curb their car use and make more efficient use of their motors or even trade them in for bikes.
Then they could join the cheap'n'cheerful, clean'n'green cycle revolution ready for next year's celebration of bikes, bodies and the bare necessities of life.
- Duncan Blinkhorn, co-organiser, World Naked Bike Ride in Brighton and Hove
It was a good day for the bike riders baring it all at the weekend. The police had to spoil it by wearing their uniforms along the route.
Come on, you coppers. I would have thought some of you would have joined in just for a giggle!
- Mary Frankel, Portland Road, Hove