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In 2020, 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 2020. Please join us for our 15th Annual ride, the longest running World Naked Bike Ride in Australia.

It’s also a fun and free event!

2020World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne

Ride date for the next World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne will be 15th March 2020. Put it in your diary! Be prepared to have a great day!

Please keep your eye on our Facebook event, or our email newsletters for any last minute changes (which sometimes are necessary).

 

GENERAL PUBLIC PHOTO LOCATION

Please note that our Photo Policy applies at the meeting area. This will be strictly enforced!

For those not riding, we understand that you may want to get a photograph of the ride. Please keep in mind that some riders are shy and may not be comfortable with being photographed. Please ask for permission first.

The designated location for the general public to gather along the route to photograph the riders will be as follows:-

Possible general public photo area (to be confirmed):

Near Imax Theatre, Melbourne Museum Precinct
Rathdowne Street – Carlton Gardens

   https://goo.gl/maps/BQB5ywoFTK82

Time TBA, please be respectful of the riders and the venue

Wait at the Western end (Rathdowne St end) of the elevated blade roof structure at the Melbourne Museum, Rathdowne St side, near the Imax sign. Do not block the entrance to the Melbourne Museum or the Imax theatre.

You will be further directed to a nearby location for photos once the riders arrive. This is the only location to photograph the ride, the ride route will not be made public. There is public parking in the area. This location is close to public transport and easy to cycle to.

 

BEFORE THE BIG DAY

You don’t have to be naked if you feel uncomfortable, after all the ride is “as bare as you dare”. The idea is to use nudity to help us be seen by drivers – and for them to take notice that we are sharing the road.

Registration is not required – just turn up!

We are riding in a public place. You need to accept that you may be photographed before, during and after the ride. Please refer to our photo policy on our website.

Here’s a checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

  • Bike – check that your tires have enough air and if you haven’t ridden for a while, take your bike around the block to make sure it’s functioning well
  • Helmet – this is mandatory and you must wear it. No helmet, no ride.
  • Shoes – bare feet are not a good idea when riding a bike.
  • Body paint – bring your own paint, and think of some creative slogans to paint on yourself or others. It is a lot of fun!
  • Water to drink on the ride – riders will not be permitted to go into any shops along the ride to purchase drinks, you need to carry your drinks with you on the ride. You may wish to add a purpose designed drink holder to your bike, available from bike shops.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bathers or small garment should be taken on the ride in case you need to leave the ride for any reason eg, puncture, breakdown.
  • A bag to put your stuff in on the bike – a bike bag is great for keeping your bathers or undies, keys, wallet and phone safe.
  • Horns, bells or whistles – be loud and cheerful.
  • Music making device – play some funky tunes.
  • Cloaking facilities will be available at the meeting area for $2 donation. Please note that we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss. Keep your valuables with you at all times.
  • Cash or credit card if you would like to donate to keep the ride going – you do not have to donate, but we really appreciate it as the ride costs real $$$ money to organise.
  • Drinks – bring your own alcoholic drinks .
  • Food – bring your own food .
  • A broad smile, because you will want to wear it!

 

BIKE HIRE

We provide this information particularly to assist our visiting participants – please make your own arrangements directly with the store.

Freddys Bike Tours and Rentals

   http://freddysbiketours.com.au/bike-rentals/

Further details about bike hire, including discount bike hire, are on the FAQs on our website.

 

MEETING AREA

The meeting area location will be advised closer to the event date

The meeting area opens for riders at 12pm. Bring a pre-ride snack if you wish. This is the time that you should arrive for body painting and the fun of the pre ride competitions, and prepare for the ride. Or you can just arrive for the mandatory ride briefing at 1pm, the ride starts after the briefing.

Cloaking facilities will be available for a $2 donation.

The ride length is TBA, but at a very relaxed pace. There will be several rest and photo stops along the way. There are expected to be a few hills, but not too steep, and not too long. Please carry plenty of drinking water as it is not permitted to leave the ride to go into shops along the way.

Please note that everyone at the meeting area is required to comply with our Photo Policy, see the website for details.

 

DURING THE RIDE

  • Nudity
    • As bare as you dare
    • Personal choice as to how little to wear
    • This year, for several reasons, we strongly suggest taking bathers or other small garment on the ride to wear, just in case. Please follow our advice.
    • There will be lightweight A4 size plastic bags and ties which you can use to attach your bathers or other small garment to the frame of your bike. We supply these at no cost to you. Or if you have some type of bag already on your bike, that is even better.
  • Ride route will not be disclosed prior to the ride due to past traffic issues – riders will be advised on the day and will follow a ride leader.
  • The length of the ride is TBA. The ride route is mainly flat, with just one or two slight uphill sections.
  • The ride is not a race – we will take a leisurely pace. We plan the route to ensure that everyone will be able to complete it.
  • Riders need to keep together in a group during the ride.
  • Ride marshals will provide information and lead the ride. Please follow their instructions at all times.
  • Ride marshals will be easy to identify as they will have an orange triangular flag on the rear of their bikes.
  • Each rider is responsible for compliance with all road rules.
  • Any directions from Police must be followed.
  • There will be stops where you can take some selfies and have some water (don’t forget your drink bottles).
  • A respectful attitude to ride officials, other riders and members of the public is expected – there will be zero tolerance for trouble makers.
  • If you become aware of any inappropriate behaviour, please contact one of the Crew.

 

AFTER THE RIDE

We expect to have finished the ride and be back at the meeting area at approximately TIME TBA. And then, the after ride celebrations begins!

You can bring your own food to consume, if you wish. Stay with us and celebrate with the other riders and the organisers, another successful World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne!

We are still looking for possible after ride venues. Please contact us via the contact page if you are aware of a suitable location!

 

FURTHER DETAILS

All enquiries via our Facebook Page…

   https://facebook.com/WNBRMelbourne/

Please like and follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with all WNBR Melbourne updates.

History

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

Where do I get further information?

Follow the links in the Contact Us section to our Facebook event page for further information.

Final details in relation to the ride will be notified via emailed newsletter and on our Facebook event page, no later than one week before the ride date.

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 an event that everyone feels safe to participate in.

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, and the Police may be called.

Please also see information about our Photo Policy.

I would like information about the photo policy

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, and is out of our control.  If you do not want to be identified in photographs taken in public places, we suggest that you consider disguising your identity with sunglasses, face paint, a wig, a mask, or leaving your helmet on. There are some great examples of these disguises in our website photo gallery. If you are not comfortable with being photographed in public, you may need to consider not participating in the ride.

Our photo policy applies to the meeting area, both before and after the ride.

Official photographers have been commissioned to photograph and video the ride, and will be readily identified with red “Media” identification on a lanyard. World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne organisers and volunteers will be wearing blue “Crew” identification on a lanyard. All official photographers and organisers have implied consent to take photos from inside the meeting area.

Photos and videos from our official photographers and organisers may be used on official World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne sites to promote the ride. Anyone other than our official photographers and organisers will need to ask for consent to take any photos from inside the meeting area. No consent will be required for any photos taken by anyone who is located outside of the meeting area. If you are shy, you may wish to gather in a more private area such as in the middle of the riders where it is less accessible to photographs taken from outside of the meeting area, or bare as you dare only, or apply body paint, which is also a lot of fun!

If you believe that you have been photographed from within the meeting area in contravention of this policy, please immediately tell the person that they don’t have your consent and contact one of the organisers or volunteers who will be wearing blue “Crew” identification.

If organisers become aware that anyone taking photographs may be behaving inappropriately or not in the best interest of the World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne, while inside the meeting 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 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 meeting area, or wear some body paint or even a mask to protect your identity. Please be aware that we strongly encourage all forms of media coverage of our ride.

We will be enforcing our Photo Policy at the meeting area.

Riders are permitted to take selfies of themselves at any stage at the meeting area, but only if other riders do not appear in the photos. WNBR Melbourne organisers and crew will be monitoring this carefully.

Once on the actual ride, photography by our riders or by anyone else is permitted, the Photo Policy only applies at the meeting area, before and after the ride.

For more information, refer to our Photo Policy, also in the FAQs.

Please note that we do not remove photos from our website, social media or other locations taken by our official photographers or ride organisers in accordance with our Photo Policy. The photos are necessary to document and promote the ride. If you really do not want your photo to appear, it is better that you do not turn up for the ride.

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.

For the 2020 ride, 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 if you wish while enjoying food or refreshments at the meeting area.

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.

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”.

Where can I hire a bike close to the meeting area at a discounted rate?

THIS INFORMATION APPLIED TO THE 2019 RIDE AND WILL BE UPDATED PRIOR TO THE 2020 RIDE

There are a number of places to hire bikes in Melbourne. One place is Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals.

Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals offered discounted bike hire for WNBR Melbourne 2019. They were generously offering $5 off the price of either half day, full day or 24 hour bike hire. To access this discount, first go to the bike rental page of their website on the link provided.

https://freddysbiketours.com.au/bike-rentals/

Scroll down to select the type of bike first (a bike with gears is worth considering) and  select the “Book a Bike” tab associated with your chosen model of bike. Select only one participant, (as the $5 discount is applied per booking, not per participant), date and duration of booking. Then select the “Book Now” tab. On the next screen, select the “Add Promo code / Voucher” tab. Enter the code “naked5” and select the “Apply” tab. Continue your booking, with the $5 discount applied to the final price.

Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals is a good choice to hire bikes from for the 2020 ride. They have 90 bikes to hire, of various types, but we suggest booking early to get the bike that you prefer.

A bike with gears is a good choice! And consider a way of carrying plenty of water, your phone for photos at the photo stops, and other stuff.

And we strongly recommend carrying bathers, underwear or shorts somewhere on the bike, just in case! We will be handing out suitable small plastic bags and ties to attach this to your bike at the meeting area prior to the ride, just don’t leave it to the last minute to sort this out.

All bike hire arrangements are to be made directly with the bike hire shop. The hirer is responsible to ensure that all of the conditions of hire are complied with. Please be nice to the shop staff, as we are grateful for their support!

Make sure that you arrive at the meeting area before the ride in plenty of time to enjoy the meeting area (it will be very busy) and arrive no later than 1 pm for the pre-ride briefing, which is mandatory.

Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals is a Supporter of World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne. Please go to the Supporter page of our website for further details.

Final details in relation to the ride will be notified via emailed newsletter and on our Facebook event page, one week before the ride date.

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.  Skateboards, scooters, roller blades and power assisted bikes (including e-bikes) are not permitted, nor are runners or walkers. This is a World Naked BIKE ride after all.

What’s the route?

We do not disclose the route in advance. Participants will be advised on the day.

Where does the ride start?

The meeting area location for WNBR Melbourne 2020 will be announced once the details are finalised.

Follow the links in the Contact Us section to our Facebook event page for further information.

Final details in relation to the ride will be notified via emailed newsletter and on our Facebook event page, no later than one week before the ride date.

When is the next ride?

The next World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne will be held on 15th March 2020.  Follow our Facebook page or subscribe to our email newsletter for details of the next ride, including date, start time and meeting area location. The most up to date information in relation to the ride will be on our Facebook event page.

In response to feedback from our riders during the post-ride survey in 2018, we have made changes to the starting time arrangements.

The first advertised time will be when the meeting area opens, which will be at 12pm. This is when you should arrive to allow time for body painting, bike preparation, socializing and pre-ride photography. Most people are expected to arrive early as it can be quite busy at the staging area before the ride. Please bring your own body paint and perhaps find a friend at the staging area to help you to apply the body paint. It is a lot of fun!

The second advertised time of 1 pm will be the ride briefing time, which is the latest time to arrive if you are not interested in body painting and just want to commence the ride without waiting. There will be no ride preparation time if you arrive at the ride briefing time. It is mandatory that all riders attend the ride briefing.

It is anticipated that the ride will conclude back at the meeting area by TIME TBA.

Final details in relation to the ride will be notified via emailed newsletter and on our Facebook event page, no later than one week before the ride date.

How do I join the World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne?

Follow the links in the Contact Us section to our Facebook event page for further information. There is no need to register as a rider, just turn up on the day. However, you may wish to indicate that you will be attending on the Facebook event page (it helps us to predict rider numbers).

Who organises World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne?

The World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is organised and run by “World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne Inc.  Reg. No. A0105757Y”.  All of the organisers are volunteers who receive no payment for their involvement in ensuring the continuity of the ride.  Please be respectful to all of the crew who give so generously of their time in supporting the ride.

Supporters

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.

CosmeX

CosmeX organises clothing optional swim and massage events at various locations. They regularly host swim and massage events at a swim centre at Laverton. Similar to WNBR Melbourne, everyone is welcome to their events. We are grateful to CosmeX for promoting our ride. Please refer to the CosmeX website for all details about their upcoming events.

 

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Metro East Association Inc

Metro East Association Inc is a MAJOR SUPPORTER of World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne. 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. They run regular nude swim and social nights at a swimming pool situated in the outer South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 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.

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Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals

Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals offered discounted bike hire for the WNBR Melbourne 2019.

FOLLOWING DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2020 RIDE.

They are generously offering $5 off the price of either half day, full day or 24 hour hire rate. We are extremely grateful that Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals is supporting the ride, as by making bikes available close to the staging area at a discounted rate, they encourage more riders to join with us. Please support Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals, for future bike hire or guided bicycle tours of Melbourne. We welcome and value their support to our riders. Go to the FAQ “where can I hire a bike close to the meeting area at a discounted rate” for how to access the $5 discount.

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