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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):

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schmeah 1:43 pm 18 Mar 09

I tend to agree with some of the comments made above. An event can hardly be stated a success when;

1) No more than 30 people turned up to support it
2) No one (ie. the public) knew what the event was highlighting CT reported it as being ‘body image’
3) It was poorly advertised outside of Facebook.

In fact, in reading the Facebook page – the whole event seemed more pre-occupied with getting naked with a bunch of strangers or friends rather than advocating for body-image acceptance.

An event such as this has the potential to actually be well attended -perhaps the organisers could look beyond Facebook for advertising next year to encourage greater participation amongst the community and highlight the actually objective of the event, rather than just promote it as a nudy run amongst friends on bikes.

Disposable 9:48 am 17 Mar 09

astrojax said :

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

If I had of known that I would have gone along. It would have been brutal in hockey skates though.

Thumper 9:12 am 17 Mar 09

The public really had no idea what we were about so I think we need to address that better next year.

But it was apparently a success?

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