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Who changed the rules on the World Naked Bike Ride?

By johnboy 12 March 2011 27

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We’ve had the following in from World Naked Bike Ride organisers and it raises some interesting questions:

The ACT Police have a bee in their bonnet and have pushed back on what they think will be acceptable during this years World Naked Bike Ride. It was pointed out to them that their ideas for this year are stricter than is normal at any beach, and more prudish than is accepted in other WNBR rides around Australia. They pointed out the ACT is not the beach, nor is the ACT the same as other cities. When the other rides in 80 cities around the world was mentioned they repeated this is the ACT and they are not following the examples in other cities. The APF have an opinion the Parliamentary Triangle should have a level of sanctity they wish to uphold, but failed to included the Question Time childishness or the various costumes worn by Steve Fielding in this concept.

After the recent meeting with the AFP, the message is –
There has been a late change from the ACT Police regarding the dress code for this year, and all riders must wear a minimum of clothing (e.g. bikini, speedo, underwear). Just a covering of body-paint will not be sufficient this year, and the AFP will be enforcing their requirement that genitals, buttocks, and breasts be covered with some type of clothing. Apart from this, the ride will be similar to last year.

There have been a lot of negative opinions aired about this, and the WNBR organizers also think this is an over zealous requirement. One problem identified is people against the ride made some noise and complained loudly, but only a few who supported the ride made a similar noise. The social prudes are wining the debate, as they are the only ones speaking out. We need many people to ride this year, and oodles of people to cheer us on as we ride past, to show there is plenty of acceptance of the WNBR in Canberra.

Here at RiotACT we can’t help wonder who assessed community feedback, or even called for it? Who met and considered these issues? Who made these decisions?

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Pandy 10:30 pm 14 Mar 11

damien haas said :

of course if i was the naked bike riders, and i felt so passionately about my perceived right to bicycle in the nude, then id just ride nude and to hell with it.

If you were famale, young, slim and pretty I would support your right to be nude.

Oh wait……

Pommy bastard 11:37 am 14 Mar 11

If it’s illegal to go naked in a public place, then it is illegal no matter how right-on/eco/hippy/green/save the gay-unmarried-single parent-lesbian-disabled-whale the protest, nor does it matter where that public protest takes place.

I think my views on the displeasure of the prospect of encountering nude hippies has been well documented here.

Oh, and how green is your titanium framed “Chinese made with American and French parts”, bike in any case?

cleo 2:14 am 14 Mar 11

Why does it have to be nude, could do some real damage, as there is no protection covering your bodies.

p1 6:43 pm 13 Mar 11

If there is one thing I support it is boobs. Penis’ much less so, but really, everyone has genitals, and while I’d be a little uncomfortable changing Friday to nude day at work (ingrained cultural taboos being, after all, ingrained) I really don’t see the problem with this kinda thing.

Riding a group that big through an event designed to attract pedestrian is pretty stupid though, even if wearing clothes….

Special G 1:48 pm 13 Mar 11

inlymbo said :

If I could sew (which I can not) and I was the WNBR (which I am not) I would get ‘cracking’ on making a whole bunch of naked suits. The suits should be adorned with wobbly bits, hairy bits and a fair bit of crack. If the whole gang wore one I am sure they would get noticed, every lucky viewer would have to, at the least look twice and then probably laugh their prudish heads off.

This is the best idea yet. Naked suits would be a hell of a laugh.

What is the naked bike ride protesting about anyway?

inlymbo 11:18 am 13 Mar 11

If I could sew (which I can not) and I was the WNBR (which I am not) I would get ‘cracking’ on making a whole bunch of naked suits. The suits should be adorned with wobbly bits, hairy bits and a fair bit of crack. If the whole gang wore one I am sure they would get noticed, every lucky viewer would have to, at the least look twice and then probably laugh their prudish heads off.

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