Here are the 12 most common questions that we get asked about the ride.
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.
How can I participate in World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne?
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).
When is the next ride?
The next World Naked Bike Ride in Melbourne will be held on 28th February 2021. 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.
Where does the ride start?
The Meeting area location will be Location TBA. We will be easy to find, just look for all of the cyclists.
There is plenty of free parking in the streets around the Location TBA if you need to bring your bike by car.
The nearest railway station is TBA. Please make your own arrangements to check for trackwork or other delays to ensure that you arrive at the Meeting Area in plenty of time.
Any last minute changes in relation to the ride will be notified on our Facebook event page .
What's the route?
We do not disclose the route in advance. Participants will be advised on the day.
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 at a discounted rate?
We provide this information to assist our visiting participants – please make your own arrangements directly with the bike hirers.
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 are located in a shop next to Batman Park on the edge of the Yarra River, not far from Southern Cross Railway station.
Freddy’s Bike Tours and Rentals provided discounted bike hire for WNBR Melbourne 2020. We are yet to confirm arrangements for the 2021 ride.
They are generously offering (2020 arrangement) $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.
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 venue (it will be very busy) and arrive no later than 1.15 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.
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 2021 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. Please make your own arrangements to bring these items of clothing with you.
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 and the post ride celebration venue.
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 and after ride celebration venue, 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.
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, 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 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 details of the after ride celebration?
Our riders have spoken, and we listen! In our 2020 pre ride survey most of you told us that you would join us at a venue for after ride food and drinks. And here it is!
We are extremely happy to announce that the Queensberry Hotel has generously offered their wonderful venue to host the after ride celebration for our next ride in 2021, to be confirmed closer to ride date. Check out the “Supporters” page on our website. Any yes, you can be “as bare as you dare” inside the Queensberry, but only for our after ride gathering! Celebrate with the ride organisers and volunteers, and your fellow riders after another successful World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne. You may even make a new friend.
Hours are 5.30-9pm, but the venue may extend the closing time if there is enough interest. Once inside the venue, you can once again be as naked as you wish. Of course, everyone is expected to remain respectful at all time.
Entry to the after ride celebration venue at the Queensberry Hotel will require the wearing of custom wristbands which will be available only to our ride participants for a $2 contribution at the cloaking table at the Meeting Area, before or immediately after the actual ride. We will be checking wristbands at the door. No wristband, no entry, sorry. Once you have the wristband, there is no cover charge to enter the venue. Bring a small hand towel, shirt or similar to sit on if you have a bare bum, please.
Our Photo Policy will apply at the after ride celebration venue exactly the same as at the Meeting Area. See the FAQ on our website in relation to Photo Policy. This will be strictly enforced!
It is essential that you wash off as much body paint as you can before coming inside the Queensberry. Please respect the venue that supports us. There is to be no body paint in contact with any of the furniture or fixtures in our amazing venue. We will be providing water at the Meeting Area to assist in the removal of excess body paint, please bring your own wash cloth and ensure that you use the rubbish bins at the Meeting Area to dispose of all waste.
The Queensberry Hotel is located on the corner of Queensberry Street and Swanston Streets in Carlton. The venue is only a (TBA time) easy cycle from the Meeting Area after the ride. If you have a hire bike from Freddys Bike Tours and Rentals, after returning the bike, you can catch the train from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Central, the Queensberry is only about a 5 minute walk away. There is no off street car park for bikes or cars at the Queensberry Hotel, please make sure to bring a good bike lock and secure your bike on the footpath nearby, or as you otherwise determine. There are many bike racks nearby, especially towards Victoria St area. Usually there is plenty of free on-street car parking nearby at that time, if that matters to you. The organisers of World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne are unable to take any responsibility for the security of your bike or your personal stuff, you need to make your own arrangements. There will be no cloaking at the after ride celebration.
A variety of food and drink options will be available to purchase, including vegan and gluten free options. It is not permitted to bring your own food or drink into the venue. We thank you for your understanding.
Details of the venue are on their website https://www.queensberryhotel.com.au/
Address is 593 Swanston Street (cnr Queensberry St) Carlton. Entry from Queensberry Street, wristband required.