Well, this weekend I’m headed out on a road trip…. I’m driving about 12 hours in my petrol powered automobile to participate in a bicycle ride that had its origins as a protest against fossil fuel use… Am I being a hypocrite?
Well seeing as there’s no nearer WNBR to me as the Sydney one can’t get police approval (threats of arrest are real) if I flew by plane it would use a lot more fuel than my 4 cylinder car would anyway.
Besides the mission has changed a little these days and now the emphasis is on raising awareness of bike safety to point out how vulnerable bike riders are as well as to show body diversity and body acceptance… Or just an excuse to get naked 😉
Here’s an article about the Byron Bay as well as Nimbin & Lismore rides this weekend.
I’m planning on doing a few live Facebook videos (have to be careful where I point my camera!) as well as having a GoPro camera running on my bike, so watch this space!
UPDATE: my report on how it all went down…
So next time I go away to Byron Bay I think I had better plan things better before driving 875KM to attend a bike ride around the streets of Byron 🤔
1) Take a helmet… On the morning of the event I was at the beach and met another attendee and he said “did you bring a bike helmet?… Doh! So then I raced down to Ballina (30KM drive) to get a helmet….. Turns out not many people had helmets anyway 😬
2) Make sure the bike tyres are in a good state, I had pumped up the tyres a month before the ride and the front was a little low but when I pumped it up before leaving home it seemed ok and was low again when I got to Byron so I pumped it up again on the morning of the ride and thought “She’ll be right mate” However 10mins before the start it was dead flat, so as everyone was assembling to start the ride I pumped it up again with my electric pump… Then 5mins later it was flat so I had to push it around the streets (that’s the rattling/flapping noise in the video.
But it was a fantastic day… thousands of people filled the streets with their camera phones pointed at the 240 or so riders/skateboarders/walkers as we did two laps of Byron Bay township.
I not once saw an angry or offended face and no children where harmed by seeing naked bodies.
There was a great diversity of people there, old/young large/small all celebrating the freedom and even the cars trying to get through the streets gave way to cyclists which was the main aim of the event to draw attention to the fact that bikes are vulnerable.
Looking forward to the next one on Sunday 11th March 2018!
Link below to GoPro video filmed from my bikes handlebars…..as I pushed my bike two laps around the Byron Bay streets around with a flat front tyre 😦
2017 BYRON BAY WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE
Links to live Facebook videos I posted to my Naturist news page:
FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO ONE
FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO TWO