Cyclists dare to be bare for annual World Naked Bike Ride

IT wasn't hard to get bottoms on seats for the As Bare As You Dare World Naked Bike Ride at Nimbin.

About 25 nude riders proudly cycled through the streets of the town on Saturday to raise awareness about road safety and sustainable transport options.

The ride also shone a spotlight on local issues, including CSG mining, and national issues such as body image and its relation to mass media.

The event commenced at 10am when bodies were painted and spirits lifted during a gathering at the town's Bush Theatre.

From there the cyclists hit the road into Nimbin's Cullen St about 12.30pm.

An eclectic crowd gathered in the town as the cyclists made two passes of the street before circling near the pub in front of amused, and often confused, drivers.

A busker cranked out the tunes on electric guitar as the footpaths filled with locals and tourists alike keen to get a glimpse of the action while some took the opportunity to collect donations for organisations opposed to CSG mining.

Co-organiser James Fuller, 54, said motorists often claim they don't see riders on the road, so stripping down was an eye-catching way to get noticed.

"Drivers say they don't see cyclists but that's not much consolation when you've smashed into their windscreen and slid down the road on your head, as has happened to me in the city," Mr Fullerton said.

"Well, we figure you've gotta' be able to see us now.

"Another major part of this is we're supporting sustainable transport to get away from fossil fuel usage."

Mr Fuller said the ride showed nudity is totally natural and often separate from sexuality.

Mr Fuller's fellow event co-organiser, known only as Mij, 52, said following the road death of a Byron Bay cyclist in February and other near misses in the region, the ride was focused on making the road safe for all users.

A Nimbin man known as Snapdragon, 49, had two simple reasons for attending the ride, apart from the fun factor.

"It's for safety for bike riders and against CSG - We don't want that s**t here," he said.

Gold Coast man Stewman, 49, was "there to hang out with like-minded people" in his sixth year riding.

"I do really like the chilled-ness of the whole thing," he said.

Bare As You Dare rides were also held at Byron, The Channon and internationally.

Topics:  cycling editors picks nudity road safety transport

Last chance to donate to family of crash victim Amanda Nash

Lennox Head mum Amanda Nash was killed in a car crash at Alstonville.

A GoFundMe page has raised almost $75,000 so far

CCTV used to track down man who stole petrol from Ballina

You can run, but you can't hide from the police

Missing man update: Police have made a breakthrough

Aiden Delbalso

Police have located a man missing for weeks

Local Partners

Thriller film shot in Ballina, screening in Casino

Burning to see locally made film Burns Point? Screening at Casino RSM Club.

Ballina Prawn Festival will not be free this year

Ballina Prawn Festival 2013. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star

This year's festival will be a ticketed event

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher sequel falls flat

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

THE film's title Never Go Back should serve as a warning to fans.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

House of ill repute set to open in Ballina next month

MORE THAN A CHICKEN RANCH: Pictured are Miss Mona (Jacquie McCalman, right)) with her girls (from left) Bronte Walsh, Abby McCalman, Jacinta Hunter, Emma Buckman and Iesha Williams in rehearsals for the Ballina Players' production of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

New production of the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals