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Byron Bay joins this weekend’s World Naked Bike Ride

March 7, 2014 Headline News, Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59At the 11th hour, Byron Bay has announced it will field a contingent to ride in this weekend’s World Naked Bike Ride.

Byron Bay, popular with tourists and famed as a melting pot of surf culture and alternative philosophies, will now join the bike ride, to be held around the globe, with the Australia leg this weekend. The event aims to encourage people to cycle naked to “peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy”. Byron Bay cycling trio

So far, volunteers nude cyclists have come forward from Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broome, Byron Bay, Cairns, Canberra, Daylesford, Hobart, Melbourne, Melrose, Newcastle, Nimbin, Perth, Sydney and Tweed Heads.

A story published last month in Byron Bay’s local online newspaper Echonetdaily highlighted the plight of the town, which was unable to find a co-ordinator for the colourful annual event. The story hit home, and three people stepped forward.

The paper ran the accompanying picture of the three, named as Naomi, Natalie and Sophia (pictured left to right) preparing for the Byron leg, which will be held this Sunday, a day after events elsewhere.

The paper said would-be participants wishing to be body painted under the direction of “highly respected body art maestro Zen International event - naked cyclists pedal through Piccadilly Circus, LondonJoseph” can meet on the Byron Railway station at 12 noon for a 2pm ride through town.

There is still time.

A $5 donation will go towards materials, all of which are non-toxic food-grade washable pigments.

Nimbinites are getting in early and will join in the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday from 10am.

Other events will be held around the world, as the photo taken in London’s Piccadilly Circus shows – but not this weekend in the northern hemisphere. Temperatures are nippy – London was 7C yesterday and Chicago was minus 6. Nobody wants to risk chilblains or frostbite of the extremities.

The dates are kept elastic, with the northern hemisphere holding its events in summertime.

Written by : Peter Needham

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