A cheeky gear down
IT'S that time of the year when you can get your kit off and go for a joyful ride on your bike all for a good cause.
World Naked Bike Ride has rolled around again, with three events held over the weekend in Nimbin, The Channon and Byron Bay.
Organiser of the Nimbin Ride, James Fuller, said it's simply sending a social message in a slightly cheeky way.
This year's World Naked Bike Ride Nimbin, the fifth annual event, is taking on the issue of coal seam gas, using the ride to raise awareness of the CSG attitudes in the area, which will work alongside the protest themes of the whole event: naturism, environmentalism, pacifism and biketivism.
Mr Fuller said the mission is to face automobile traffic with their naked bodies as the best way of defending their dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians plus all the negative effects of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy.
The ride also touches on the idea of accepting the body that you have and not being weighed down by media guilt that your body isn't good enough, he said.
But Mr Fuller said while the name does suggest full-frontal nudity, that doesn't have to be the case.
"It's as bare as you dare, we want people to ride with us whether they're naked or not, or anywhere in between," he said.
"It's totally up to people, and there's no pressure to get naked."
Mr Fuller said they also have hopes to have a few spare bicycles there, for those who may not have a bike but want to get involved in the ride and the cause.
Organiser of the Byron Bay ride, Tony Batchelor, said the ride was set to be a very free and liberating day which everyone is invited to attend - as bare as they dare.
World Naked Bike Ride events will be in: Nimbin on Saturday, meeting at Peace Park (the skate park) at 10am; The Channon Markets on Sunday at 10am; Byron Bay Sunday at 2pm outside the Rails Hotel.