2024

World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne

Meeting Area
Lincoln Square, Carlton
Date
Sunday, 25th February 2024
Start time
12:00 pm

The date for the next World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is 25th February 2024. Be prepared to have a great day!

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We ride regardless of weather; hot or cold, wind or rain, the ride will still happen! This is Melbourne, we should be used to the variations of weather. You only get this one day in the year to ride in World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne, don’t miss it. It is only due to the most extreme weather conditions which we determine to be unsafe (such as severe electrical storm or flooding), or due to Coronavirus restrictions, which would cause the ride to be postponed or cancelled.

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Before the big day

You don’t have to be naked if you feel uncomfortable, after all the ride is “as bare as you dare”. The idea is to use nudity to help us be seen by drivers – and for them to take notice that we are sharing the road.

There is no requirement to register before the day, you can just turn up. If you would like to indicate via our Facebook event that you will be attending, this helps us with our planning, but this is entirely optional.

We are riding in a public place. You need to accept that you may be photographed before, during and after the ride. Please refer to our photo policy on our website.

Here’s a checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

  • Bike – check that your tires have enough air and if you haven’t ridden for a while, take your bike around the block to make sure it’s functioning well.
  • Bike hire if required – details are in FAQs.
  • Skateboards, scooters, roller blades and runners are not permitted, sorry.
  • Power assisted bikes (e-bikes category only) may be used provided they are legally permitted to be ridden on roads in Victoria.
  • Helmet – this is mandatory and you must wear it. No helmet, no ride. Really.
  • Shoes – bare feet are not a good idea when riding a bike.
  • Body paint – bring your own paint and brushes, and think of some creative slogans to paint on yourself or others, in keeping with the theme of the ride. We are anticipating that there may be 1 or 2 experienced body painters at the Meeting Area. It would be polite to offer them a small donation for their efforts. Even more fun is to bring your own paint and brushes, and ask someone nearby if they would mind painting your slogan onto your body. Don’t be shy!
  • Water to drink on the ride – riders will not be permitted to go into any shops along the ride to purchase drinks, you need to carry your drinks with you on the ride. You may wish to add a purpose designed drink holder to your bike, available from bike shops. Drinking water is available nearby at the Meeting Area for you to refill your water bottle. Two water bottles is a good plan.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bathers or small garment should be taken on the ride in case you need to leave the ride for any reason eg, puncture, breakdown.
  • A bag to put your stuff in on the bike – a bike bag is great for keeping your bathers or undies, keys, wallet and phone safe.
  • Horns, bells or whistles – be loud and cheerful.
  • Music making device – play some funky tunes.
  • Cash or credit card (contactless payment) if you would like to donate to keep the ride going – you do not have to donate, but we really appreciate it as the ride costs real $$$ money to organise. You will need to pay for your own food and drinks if you are coming to the after ride celebration.
  • A wash cloth or sponge to remove or wash off excess body paint if you are coming to the after ride celebration. We need to respect the venue.
  • A broad smile, because you will want to wear it!
  • Please note that drug use or intoxication are not permitted.

Meeting Area

The Meeting Area will be Lincoln Square, Carlton

Google Maps… Lincoln Square

CORONAVIRUS CONSIDERATIONS:-

Please do not attend if you have any of the following symptoms:-

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in sense of taste or smell

For 2024, we will have exclusive use of the Meeting Area.

The Meeting Area opens for riders at 12pm. Bring a pre-ride snack if you wish. Body painting 12pm – 1.30pm. Everyone needs to arrive by 1.30pm for the mandatory pre-ride briefing. Please don’t be late. Our ride starts soon after the briefing.

Limited shelter is available at the Meeting Area under trees from the sun. There is very little shelter available from rain.

The nearest taps to fill your water bottles are close to the Meeting Area.  Toilets are close by but outside of the Meeting Area. Clothes will be required for the short walk between the Meeting Area and the toilets. Free all day car parking is readily available (on Sundays) in surrounding streets.

Please note that we expect that the North bound lanes in Bouverie St which is immediately West of Lincoln Square to be closed off for road resurfacing works on the day of our ride. Plan accordingly to arrive on time.

WNBR Melbourne silicone wristbands will also be available for a minimum $2 contribution, but we really appreciate it if you can contribute a bit more.

We will also have limited numbers of our weatherproof, outdoor rated vinyl stickers of our brand new logo which can be yours for a $4 contribution each, or 3 for $10. The are top quality and look great!

Please note that everyone at the Meeting Area is required to comply with our Photo Policy, see the website FAQs for details.

During the ride

There are a number of recommendations to help make your ride the most enjoyable experience. Even if you are an experienced rider, you can never be too prepared.

  • Nudity
    • As bare as you dare.
    • Personal choice as to how little to wear.
    • We strongly suggest taking bathers or other small garment on the ride to wear, just in case. Please follow our advice.
    • Please make your own arrangements to carry these small garments, such as a bike bag, or consider a backpack.
  • For everyone’s safety, please ensure that you are not alcohol or drug affected.
  • Ride route will not be disclosed prior to the ride due to past traffic issues – riders will be advised on the day and will follow a ride leader.
  • The length of the ride is 10km. The ride route has a number of hills.
  • The ride is not a race – we will take a leisurely pace. We plan the route to ensure that everyone will be able to complete it.
  • Riders need to keep together in a group during the ride.
  • Ride Marshals will provide information and guide the ride. Please follow their instructions at all times.
  • Ride Marshals will be easy to identify as they will have an orange triangular flag on the rear of their bikes. It is requested that only Ride Marshals display orange flags on bikes.
  • Each rider is responsible for compliance with all road rules.
  • Any directions from Police must be followed.
  • There will be one rest and photo stop where you can take some selfies and drink the water that you carry with you (don’t forget your drink bottles).
  • A respectful attitude to ride officials, other riders and members of the public is expected – there will be zero tolerance for trouble makers.
  • If you become aware of any inappropriate behaviour, please contact one of the Crew.

After the ride

We expect to have finished the ride at the same location that we started from being the Meeting Area by approximately 4.15 pm. You can stay and have a break and refresh at the Meeting Area for a little while. Please be respectful and put clothes back on after the ride if requested by the Crew.

Further details about the after ride celebration are in the FAQ “I would like details of the after ride celebration”.

Further details

You can get in contact with us by sending us a message using the Contact Us section of this website.