What’s On – Bare As You Dare

March 7, 2018


This weekend will see hundreds take to our streets for our 10th Annual World Naked Bike Ride…and yes clothing is optional.

The event is shaping up to be the largest event of its kind in Australia if it exceeds the 270 participants who rode in the event last year.

As well as raising road safety awareness to protect the safety of riders, walkers and drivers, the WNBR protests against the use of harmful, unsustainable fossil fuels by promoting a healthy and sustainable way to get around using human-powered transport.

The ride is also a celebration of our wonderful supportive community and of course embracing body positivity and  acceptance. As they say ‘nature never goes out of style’.

Creative expression is also encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders. Body art, such as body painting, are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes.

The bike ride will be short and easy. Riders of any fitness level are welcome to join.

Finally, nakedness is not compulsory – go as bare as you dare!

Event Dates

  • BYRON BAY – Sunday 11th March 3pm
    meet (Butler St Reserve) at 1.30pm to strip and paint; ride at 3pm
  • LISMORE – Sunday 11th March 10.30am
  • NIMBIN – Saturday 10th March 10.00am

For more info check out their Facebook page

WNBR message

The message of WNBR focuses on promoting cycling

  • Save the planet! Shifting to a carefree lifestyle is one of the most powerful things a person can do to make a real difference in reducing negative environmental impacts on this planet. “Our message to the world is one of simplification, human harmony and love. For a future to exist for tomorrows generations, we have to stop wasting the life blood energy of the Earth, stop fighting and killing in the name of consumerist wealth accumulation and learn to love and respect all life on this planet.” – Conrad Schmidt, founder of The Work Less Party and Artists for Peace and WNBR and organizer for WNBR Vancouver, BC
  • It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy.
  • Breathe easier. “If you stand in a closed garage with a running car, you will die in a matter of minutes. Hundreds of thousands of cars in our cities create dirty, unhealthy air.” – Go By Bicycle
  • Body image/self awareness. Cycling promotes body awareness, the fact that one can achieve a more healthy lifestyle from the exercise we achive by using self-powered transport
    Self-sufficiency. Cycling makes us non-renewable energy sources, less dependent oil
  • Think Globally, Act locally. Cycling promotes local cycling businesses and local cycling organizations.
  • Less is more. WNBR strips the complexities from modern transport to a simplified message of cycling. For the vast majority of most peoples’ transport needs, cycles are the right vehicle for the right job. “You don’t need a wheelbarrow to carry a pea”.
  • The unabashed vehicle of the revolution. By cycling naked we declare our confidence in the beauty and individuality of our bodies and the bicycles’s place as a catalyst for change in the future of sustainability, transport, community and recreation. “Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are heading.”
  • Community-building. Bicycles create public space, enhance street life and build a sense of community. “If you see someone you know while riding, it’s easy to stop and say hello. Bicycles create public space, enhance street life and build a sense of community”– Go By Bicycle
  • Peace of mind. “People are looking for places where they’re not constantly being confronted with cars. It’s just like non-smokers seeking smoke-free space.” – Franziska Eichstaedt-Bohlig, German Green Party

Evolution of a message

In the beginning of WNBR, the message was balancing protesting against oil dependency and celebrating the power and individuality of the human body. In 2006, there was a shift towards simplifying the message and focusing on cycling advocacy. While the ride does include and appeal to participants from social nudity circles, the rides is not focused on promoting social nudity directly as much as cycling.

Conrad Schmidt has pointed out that the most active support has coming from the cycling advocacy community, with groups such as Critical Mass. While we have been able to get many people from social nudity circles to take cycling more seriously, too many people are coming to the event without really supporting the primary focus of the ride. Focusing on cycling helps clarify this.

History source – wiki

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