FAQs

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 a protest or demonstration ride which 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 prior to the day, just turn up. 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 12th February 2023.  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 available via subscribing to our email newsletter via our website, or updates provided on our Facebook event page.

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Where does the ride start?

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WE HAVE NOT YET DECIDED ON A MEETING AREA FOR THE 2023 RIDE

The Meeting Area location will be Carlton Gardens South, near the ornamental lake, Rathdowne St, South of the intersection with Queensberry St, Carlton. Bikes must not be ridden anywhere within the Carlton Gardens. Please walk your bike,

Google Maps… https://goo.gl/maps/8MKj2f59TNuofUzdA

We will be easy to find, just look for all of the cyclists.

There is no long term free parking in the streets around the Carlton Gardens. However, there is paid all day parking at the Melbourne Museum Carpark, entrance is via Rathdowne St.

The nearest railway station is Parliament Station.

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 via email newsletter.

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?

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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 Blue Tongue Bikes.

Blue Tongue Bikes are located in a shop next to Batman Park on the edge of the Yarra River, not far from Southern Cross Railway Station.

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Isn't this illegal?

There have been World Naked Bike Rides in Melbourne since 2006 with not a single arrest. In the past, the Police have been supportive. During the 2022 ride, Police on bicycles provided assistance with the management of the ride route, particularly at some key intersections. We would hope that for the 2023 ride, Police may be able to assist in the management of the ride group once again which enhances safety for everybody..

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 2023 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.

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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.

More information about the photo policy

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 requested 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?

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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 once again generously offered their wonderful venue to host the after ride celebration for our next ride in 2022. We have exclusive use of the venue.

Those who attended the after ride celebration at the Queensberry Hotel after our 2021 ride have told us how much they enjoyed the experience. 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.

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