In 2019, the World Naked Bike Ride returns to Melbourne, bigger and better than ever!!!
The World Naked Bike Ride is an annual, worldwide bike ride.
Through our naked and highly visible presence on the streets of Melbourne, we aim to:-
- Highlight the vulnerability of cyclists to motorists who appear blind to our presence
- Protest against transport powered by non sustainable forms of energy
- Promote positive body image for all
The naked aspect of our ride provides a unique opportunity to promote our causes to the general public, and the media who are always keen to cover the ride. Without the naked element to the ride, it is likely that our messages would not be reported in the media.
Our naked riders are as vulnerable as the planet that we live on due to the over reliance on non sustainable sources of energy. We set an example by choosing an environmentally friendly transport choice. Ditch your car, grab a bike, and do your health and the earth a big favour.
And why is it that cyclists continue to be killed and injured on our roads, by car drivers who claim not to be able to see bicycles. The excuses by some motorists that they fail to see cyclists are totally unacceptable.
If I ride naked, can you see me now?
The World Naked Bike Ride encourages drivers to take notice of cyclists, and promotes cyclist safety.
Our society has created a model of the body beautiful, which is reinforced constantly through advertising and the media. Many people, both male and female, struggle with the perceived imperfections of their bodies. The same people avoid showing their bodies due to fear of criticism or rejection. The World Naked Bike Ride is a totally inclusive event. You don’t need to dress up for this event, just come as you are.
Many people also, incorrectly, seem to only associate the naked body with sex. We aim to de-sexualise nudity and celebrate the human body, in all its shapes and sizes.
Nude is not rude
We welcome all, male and female, and all ages to the World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne 2019. Please join us for our 14th Annual ride, the biggest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere.
It’s also a fun and free event!
2018World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne
The World Naked Bike Ride returns to Melbourne in 2019!
While the date is confirmed, the start time and exact location will be advised closer to the date.
Bring your bike or any other human powered vehicle that you can legally ride on the road and come join us for the Summer 2019 ride – just be sure to wear your helmet.
The World Naked Bike Ride is a free bike ride, however, we gratefully accept donations to help fund future rides. Donations can be made on the day of the ride via cash or credit card. If you would like to financially support us at any stage, we would welcome you contacting us via the links on the Supporters page.
Everyone is welcome to join in the ride, it is a fun, clothing-optional event. The aim is to bare all to ensure that cars and other users of the road take notice of cyclists. Young and old, families and solo riders all share the road after all.
Please be sure you check your bike and pump up your tires before you join us. If you don’t have a bike, try and borrow one from your friends or family. Otherwise you can rent one of the Melbourne tourist bikes, located around the city. There are also a number of nearby bike stores that hire out bicycles.
The 2019 route will not be made public due to traffic management issues in previous years. We will be coordinating with the media a few key photo locations, where riders can participate if they feel comfortable enough to do so.
At the end of the ride, we will finish off where we started and aim to have some food and drinks to celebrate another successful ride. For those who may not be able to cycle, you are welcome to join us after the ride for a cold drink.
World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is a global event, with similar rides happening in other cities in Australia and overseas.
Melbourne’s World Naked Bike Ride is the largest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
The first World Naked Bike Ride event in Melbourne was held in 2006, with 14 riders. There have been World Naked Bike Rides every year since then. More recent rides have seen hundreds of riders baring all through the streets of Melbourne.
Rest assured that the ride will continue into the future, with a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers working to ensure the long term viability of the ride.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join the World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne?
When is the next ride?
The next World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne will be held in 2019.
Where does the ride start?
The assembly location is advised closer to the event date. The location chosen will be accessible via train if you choose to arrive via public transport with your bicycle. Follow the links in the Contact Us section to our Facebook event page for further information.
What’s the route?
We do not disclose the route in advance. Participants will be advised on the day.
Can I participate without a bike?
If it can be legally ridden on the road and human powered, you can bring it on the ride.
Where can I hire a bike close to the staging area?
There are a number of places to hire bikes in Melbourne. One place is Velo Cycles, a bike shop located not far from our staging area. WNBR Melbourne has no commercial arrangement with Velo Cycles. However, this business has generously offered to make hire bikes available for WNBR Melbourne 2018 participants for only $20. This compares to their normal rate of $35 for a 24 hour hire. Limited numbers of hire bikes are available, so first come, first served. Velo Cycles is a supporter of World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne. Let them know that you are riding in the World Naked Bike Ride to access the reduced rate.
How much should I strip down?
The dress code is officially “As bare as you dare.” Typically it’s shoes and always a helmet. But really, there’s is no consensus – shoes and a helmet make some happy, while others add some combination of a bra, underwear, and/or stockings. Strip down to whatever level will maximise your fun. We wouldn’t presume to tell you what that level is. The decision as to how little to wear is entirely up to you. And you can always consider some body paint to send your own personal message in support of the cause… But please see our advice to carry bathers or small garment on your bike, “just in case”.
What if I fall behind or get lost?
This isn’t a race, so nobody wants to leave you behind. We will be going at a leisurely pace where everyone can keep up.
Isn’t this illegal?
There have been World Naked Bike Ride events in Melbourne since 2006 with not a single arrest. In the past, the Police have been supportive.
Expect considerable encouragement and interest from bystanders along the route. The World Naked Bike Ride is a lot of fun for riders and the public alike.
This year, we will be strongly suggesting that you carry with you on your bike a pair of bathers, underwear or similar small garment which you can change into if there is any trouble, not that we are expecting any. We will have free A4 size plastic bags and ties in the staging area into which you can put your bathers or other small garment to attach to the frame or handle bar of the bike. Also you can wear them at the end of the day while enjoying food or refreshments at the staging location.
I am concerned that I may be photographed?
The World Naked Bike Ride occurs in public places, where photography of the riders is not illegal. If you are concerned, you may choose to stay away from cameras in the staging area, or wear some body paint or even a mask to protect your identity. Please be aware that we encourage media coverage of our ride. For more information, refer to our Photo Policy.
I would like information about the photo policy
We understand that getting naked in public, especially for the first time, can make people nervous. We are keen to create a safe environment for all
After feedback and suggestions from our wonderful riders, we have implemented a few new measures, including a photo policy.
Photography in public places generally does not require consent. Our photo policy applies to the staging area, both before and after the ride.
Designated official photographers have been commissioned to document the ride, and will be readily identified with red “Media” identification on a lanyard. Organising and assisting personnel will be wearing blue “Crew” identification on a lanyard. Both official photographers and organisers have implied consent to take photos in the staging area.
Photos from our official photographers and organisers may be used on official World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne sites to promote the ride. Non official photographers need to get consent when inside the staging area. No consent will be required for photos taken from outside the staging area. If you are shy, you may wish to gather in areas less accessible to photographs taken from outside of the staging area, wear some level of clothing or apply body paint which is also a lot of fun!
If you believe that you have been photographed from within the staging area in contravention of this policy, please contact one of the organisers who will be wearing blue “Crew” identification.
If organisers become aware that any photographer may be behaving inappropriately or not in the best interest of the World Naked Bike Ride, while inside the staging area or anywhere on the ride, that person may be identified at any stage so that riders have a choice to avoid the person in question. We are serious about ensuring that our riders feel safe on the ride.
I am concerned about inappropriate behaviour?
Please note that no level of sexual activity is acceptable before, during or after the ride. We want this to remain a family friendly event.
All participants will be expected to behave appropriately and respectfully at all times. Anyone who breaks this rule will be asked to leave the ride.
Please also see information about our Photo Policy.
Where do I get further information?
Thank you to these amazing groups and people for their continued support in helping us deliver the World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne. If you would like to support WNBR Melbourne, please feel free to contact us.
Velo Cycles is a bicycle store in North Carlton, not far from our staging area in Albert Park. Velo Cycles generously made hire bikes available at a significantly reduced rate for WNBR Melbourne participants who did not have access to their own bike for the 2018 ride. The standard bike hire from Velo Cycles was $35 per day, for the WNBR Melbourne 2018, that price was reduced to only $20. There are a limited number of hire bikes available, so first come, first served. Encouraging more riders helps us to spread our messages. Contact Velo Cycles directly for all arrangements. World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is very grateful for the support of Velo Cycles in helping to promote our ride.
Metro East Association Inc
Metro East Association Inc is a nudist leisure club that has been running in Melbourne for more than 30 years. They have been a big supporter of the Melbourne’s nudist community over that time. Everyone is welcome to their events. Details are on their web site. World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is grateful for the ongoing support of Metro East Association Inc.
Top Five Design
A big thank you to Top Five Design who have provided us with web site hosting and email.