With cycling one of tourism’s fastest growing niches, the success of this year’s World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) at Byron Bay on Sunday should catch the eye of the industry.
The event set an all-time attendance record.
WNBR aims to encourage naked cycling to “peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy”.
A similar event on the same day in Lismore was well received, marred only by an outbreak of egg throwing, which stopped when more responsible spectators “talked to the crazies and eventually made them stop”, according to a report in Byron Bay’s online newspaper Echonetdaily.
WNBR is the Australian side of an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together on human-powered transport (most ride bicycles, but a few ride skateboards or skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world”, according to the global WNBR site.
International dimension. Naked cyclists ride through London’s Piccadilly Circus in a northern summer WNBR event
Dress code is “bare as you dare”. Full or partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. Unlike other cycling events, there is no requirement to cover intimate parts.
In Byron Bay, about 250 riders turned out. The event “looks to have cemented an annual place on the Byron tourist map”, Echonetdaily commented. The weather cooperated. Unlike last year, it didn’t rain.
Some participants at Byron Bay on Sunday
Echonetdaily’s excellent photographic coverage of the event by photographer Jeff Dawson can be browsed on the following link, but be advised, pictures show naked people of all sizes and shapes: http://www.echo.net.au/2017/03/hundreds-get-naked-north-coasts-biggest-ever-ride/
Written by Peter Needham