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.