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Canberra’s first world naked bike ride day a success.

By johnboy - 17 March 2009 23

[First filed: March 16, 2009 @ 10:06]

My trudging over arboretum hillsides yesterday saw me miss the Canberra leg of “World Naked Bike Ride”.

For those who’ve come in late the manifesto of the ride was:

    Celebrate bodies and bikes while making a stance against oil usage, consumerism and the negative body image portrayed by the mass media.

    We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians plus all the negative effects of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy.

Apparently it went well aside from some unusual tan lines this morning. Huge thanks to Asher Floyd for making his photography of the event available to us.

WNBR organiser Pip had this to say:

    Well we had about 25-30 riders so I was happy with that turn out. I mean hopefully we’ll have more next year but at least it wasn’t just 5 of us. That’d be weird…

    Apart from the ridiculous sunburn patterns I’m now sporting, the day went really well. I had a couple of chats with the cops, one of which I was wearing nothing but undies and body paint. Very surreal having a serious conversation with only painted on flowers on your boobs!

    Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we had lots of possitive feedback, the majority of it was positive anyways.

    Next year however, I think we need to work out a way to state our cause a bit better while on the ride. The public really had no idea what we were about so I think we need to address that better next year.

Slideshow below (reasonably SFW):

What’s Your opinion?


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23 Responses to
Canberra’s first world naked bike ride day a success.
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sepi 10:15 am
16 Mar 09
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I can’t see the slideshows anymore – is it just me?

I think the Naked Bike Riders need to decide on their cause before they can state it more clearly – is it about petrol, or health, or body image?

All good causes, but I think they should go with the body image one – the other points can be made without getting nekkid.

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FC 10:16 am
16 Mar 09
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I was a bit disapointed in myself for not going to this. I think, after seeing the pics (which makes it seem less scary), I will definitly go next year!

Good work guys!!

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Pommy bastard 10:21 am
16 Mar 09
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sepi said :

I think the Naked Bike Riders need to decide on their cause before they can state it more clearly – is it about petrol, or health, or body image?

I would agree with your there, if they are not clear one may just think it’s about exhibitionism.

Pommy bastard said :

All good causes, but I think they should go with the body image one – the other points can be made without getting nekkid.

Again I agree. Nothing more reassuring than noting there’s always someone worse off that yourself.

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pippymoo 10:23 am
16 Mar 09
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Can’t it be about all of these things at once?
I mean it’s not like you can separate these things in your everyday life anyway so why not at least try to tackle all of these interconnected ideas together?

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Beserk Keyboard Warr 10:26 am
16 Mar 09
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I remember back in the day when you could send your 4 year old to the local shops to buy you a pack of smokes, when women nor aboriginals were allowed to vote, AND when ‘naked’ meant that you had no clothes on. Ahhhh the memories.

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FC 10:28 am
16 Mar 09
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pippymoo said :

Can’t it be about all of these things at once?
I mean it’s not like you can separate these things in your everyday life anyway so why not at least try to tackle all of these interconnected ideas together?

I agree.
I thinkn that they are all very important issues it can bring awareness to all of them.

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sepi 10:31 am
16 Mar 09
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For marketing purposes it is better to have one clear message, rather than a whole lot of waffly ones, no matter how worthy.

They once you have garnered attention for your event, you can then build on it with the extra messages.

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FC 10:38 am
16 Mar 09
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I think that is exactly what has happened sepi.
This event has been around for a while now (8 years I believe)
I think that it wouldn’t make as much sense if it was just about one issue.

I mean if it was just about a celebration of our bodies and body image issues – then why the bicycles?
and if it was just about oil dependence and sustainable transport, then why the nakedness?

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Skidbladnir 10:43 am
16 Mar 09
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As to why the ‘naked’ bikeride isn’t actually naked, I think the ACT is one of the places that has laws about people ‘exposing their person in public’, with a legal interpretation that ‘your penis is your person’.

So, people in g-strings and the like.

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Beserk Keyboard Warr 11:22 am
16 Mar 09
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‘Sir have you got a licence for that penis?’

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G-Fresh 11:31 am
16 Mar 09
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Wow what a turn out. Naked ambition I suppose

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realityskin 11:47 am
16 Mar 09
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Pip has a cracking body

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Granny 12:50 pm
16 Mar 09
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Gorgeous!! If I had a body like that I’d go that nekkid!

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jakez 3:41 pm
16 Mar 09
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They weren’t naked!

Piss poor. Call me a crazy anarchist but it isn’t real unless you break at least 3 laws.

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chewy14 3:57 pm
16 Mar 09
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jakez said :

They weren’t naked!

Piss poor. Call me a crazy anarchist but it isn’t real unless you break at least 3 laws.

And since when is a pair of skates, a bike?

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