2023

World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne

Meeting Area
Melbourne, exact location to be advised
Date
Sunday, 12th February 2023
Start time
12:00 pm

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED CLOSER TO THE RIDE DATE

The date for the next World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is 12th February 2023. Be prepared to have a great day!

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We ride regardless of weather; hot or cold, wind or rain, the ride will still happen! This is Melbourne, we should be used to the variations of weather. You only get this one day in the year to ride in World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne, don’t miss it. It is only due to the most extreme weather conditions which we determine to be unsafe (such as severe electrical storm or flooding), or due to Coronavirus restrictions, which would cause the ride to be postponed or cancelled.

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General public photo location

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General public will not be permitted to take photos from inside the Meeting Area. We have designated a separate location for the public to take photos of the riders.

Our Photo Policy applies at the Meeting Area and at the after ride celebration venue. This will be strictly enforced!

For those not riding, we understand that you may want to get a photograph of the ride. We ask you to bear 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:-

Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt, Carlton Gardens, Carlton
The location is the Western Entrance of the Royal Exhibition Building, near Rathdowne St, Carlton.

Google maps…https://goo.gl/maps/PyjZqLYrDot5HnTSA

Time 1.20 – 1.50pm approx. The riders will arrive some time between the times as indicated. Please be respectful of the riders and the venue.

Wait near the circular driveway, the riders will enter nearby. Please maintain social distancing at all times. Once the riders arrive you will be provided with photo opportunities. We ask that you follow the advice and requests of the crew and our official media photographers who will be easy to identify by their blue or red identification worn on a lanyard.

This is the only location to photograph the ride, the ride route will not be made public. There is public parking in the area via limited street parking or the underground carpark for Melbourne Museum. The 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.

There is no need to register before the day, you can just turn up. If you would like to indicate via our Facebook event that you will be attending, this helps us with our planning, but this is entirely optional.

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.
  • Bike hire if required – details are in FAQs.
  • Skateboards, scooters, roller blades and runners are not permitted, sorry.
  • Power assisted bikes (e-bikes category only) may be used provided they are legally permitted to be ridden on roads in Victoria.
  • Helmet – this is mandatory and you must wear it. No helmet, no ride. Really.
  • Shoes – bare feet are not a good idea when riding a bike.
  • Body paint – bring your own paint and brushes, and think of some creative slogans to paint on yourself or others, in keeping with the theme of the ride. We are anticipating that there may be 1 or 2 experienced body painters at the Meeting Area. It would be polite to offer them a small donation for their efforts. Even more fun is to bring your own paint and brushes, and ask someone nearby if they would mind painting your slogan onto your body. Don’t be shy!
  • 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. Drinking water will be provided in small quantities by us at the Meeting Area for you to refill your water bottle. Please arrive with your water bottle already filled.
  • 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.
  • Cash or credit card (contactless payment) 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. You will need to pay for your own food and drinks if you are coming to the after ride celebration.
  • A wash cloth or sponge to remove or wash off excess body paint if you are coming to the after ride celebration. We need to respect the venue.
  • A broad smile, because you will want to wear it!
  • Please note that drug use or intoxication are not permitted.

Meeting Area

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The Meeting Area will be TBA

Google Maps… TBA

CORONAVIRUS REQUIREMENTS:-

Do not attend if you have any of the following symptoms:-

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in sense of taste or smell

For 2023, we will have exclusive use of the Meeting Area.

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 if you desire, and prepare for the ride. Everyone needs to arrive by 1pm as we need time to allow for everyone to check-in using QR code, and for the verification of vaccination status of each rider. The ride will start after the pre-ride briefing.

Shelter is available at the Meeting Area from the sun but not from the rain.

The nearest taps to fill your water bottles are approximately 100m away from and outside of the Meeting Area, other than at the hand wash basins in the toilet block. We will have an option to refill water bottles in the Meeting Area. Toilets are close by but just outside of the Meeting Area. Clothes will be required for the short walk between the Meeting Area and the toilets. Car parking in surrounding streets is of limited duration and generally not free. There is paid all day carparking available underground at the nearby Melbourne Museum Carpark. Cost is $15.

Silicone wristbands for the post ride celebration will also be available for a $2 contribution.

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

During the ride

There are a number of recommendations to help make your ride the most enjoyable experience. Even if you are an experienced rider, you can never be too prepared.

  • Nudity
    • As bare as you dare.
    • Personal choice as to how little to wear.
    • We strongly suggest taking bathers or other small garment on the ride to wear, just in case. Please follow our advice.
    • Please make your own arrangements to carry these small garments, such as a bike bag, or consider a backpack.
  • For everyone’s safety, please ensure that you are not alcohol or drug affected.
  • 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 11km. The ride route has a number of hills.
  • 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 guide 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. It is requested that only Ride Marshals display orange flags on bikes.
  • Each rider is responsible for compliance with all road rules.
  • Any directions from Police must be followed.
  • There will be rest and photo stops where you can take some selfies and drink the water that you carry with you (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 at the same location that we started from being the Meeting Area by approximately 4.15 pm. You can stay and have a break and refresh at the Meeting Area for a little while.

Make sure to get a custom silicone wristband for a $2 contribution if you are coming to the after ride celebration.

Further details about the after ride celebration are in the FAQ “I would like details of the after ride celebration”.

Further details

You can get in contact with us by sending us a message via our Facebook Page…

https://facebook.com/WNBRMelbourne/

or you can reach out to us using the Contact Us section of this website.