Where do we meet?
Tarpeian Precinct Lawn. Best accessible off Macquarie St from the south. From the north, you can climb a big flight of stairs from Sydney Opera House’s Forecourt.
When should I get there?
Meet at 2pm at the staging area. You can optionally get body painted (bring some paint and a brush!), but you need to be there 15 mins before the ride for our pre-ride briefing. Ride kicks off at 3pm.
How do I get there?
- Train: services to Circular Quay, followed by 10-min walk.
- Light rail: services to Circular Quay, followed by 10-min walk.
- Ferry: services to Circular Quay, followed by 10-min walk.
- Bus: nearest bus stop on Bridge St, followed by 10-min walk.
Bicycles are allowed on trains, publicly operated ferry services, and light rail, but not on buses. (For private ferry services call them first.)
What better way to warm up your legs than cycle directly to the event on your bike.
Car – Parking
- Wilson Parking – Sydney Opera House (very close)
- Divvy Parking (maps link)
- Many others nearby in the city.
Consider that undercover parking in many cases isn’t compatible with a bicycle unless height is tall enough or other policites. Call the parking centre before making plans.
It might be better to hire a bike for a few hours instead of bringing one by car.
What should I bring?
- A bike.
- A helmet.
- Some water. Attach to your bike in a bottle holder – you might get thirsty if it’s hot! (But there are public taps and toilets at our photo stop location halfway.)
- Some clothes. Come to the ride clothed. Well, you decide, but we think that’s a good idea. 😉
- A bike light. As well as helping the spectacle during the ride, if the weather turns rainy on the day, you’re required by law to have a light turned on fixed to your bicycle.
- Things to make noise. Whistles, horns, bells, make a noise and let those cars know who they need to respect!
Can I leave my stuff at the staging area during the ride?
No. Bring all your stuff with you in a bike basket, in a small backpack, etc. (Note: body paint on your back doesn’t mix with a backpack!) If it helps, hire a Mobike, ONYAHBIKE or Lime Bike, which have baskets.
In the spirit of BODY POSITIVITY, one of the points of our demonstration is to specifically educate our young people as to what the human body actually looks like – in all its varied shapes and sizes! However, we understand that some people may want to take photographs and videos of our participants for all the wrong reasons. The nature of WNBR is that it will be a public spectacle, and members of the public will naturally pick up their phones and start taking photos and videos which they have the right to.
We cannot be in the position to impose conditions or restrictions on public photography during the ride, and in general we suggest you use disguises as mentioned on our FAQ page if you are concerned.
That being said, we have the following policies in place:
- Official crew and photographers: We will have official designated photographers who along with our crew will wear clearly identifiable lanyards with our WNBR Sydney logo. These will be courteous and professional people who you can request photos featuring you in a way that you control.
- Media coverage: We welcome and support positive coverage from the press. For images prominently featuring or focusing in on individuals, you must gain such individual’s explicit consent.
- Commercial photography: It is illegal to photograph people for commercial use unless you have a model release form signed by them. We will assist ride participants in having unauthorised commercial photography taken down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- Staging area: During the ride and where we are taking action on our bikes, it is a very public area where we fully welcome photos to be taken. But at the staging area before and after the ride (where you may be dressing or undressing and not on a bike), we want it to be more of a safe space. If an unofficial photographer is photographing you in the staging area without your consent, please grab one of our crew members and we will help you deal with it.
Health & safety
The WNBR Sydney team liaises with the police and other authorities to help run the ride smoothly, and our most important priority is for the immediate safety of the group safe during the ride as well as those around us on the road. However, you need to take care of your own health and safety, and be responsible for your own behaviour, so here are some guidelines to think about:
- Bicycles are to be ridden in a manner appropriate for use on the road.
Rules & Principles:
- Alcohol-free zone. We want WNBR to be as safe as possible. Leave your booze at home.
- Leave no trace. As we’re promoting environmental awareness, let’s leave a good example by not leaving anything behind us at the staging area on the day.
- It’s not a race. WNBR is for raising awareness for good causes, so slow down and focus on the safety of yourself and fellow riders as you travel in the group.
Our ride will not be cancelled in the event of rain, but it might be shortened. If so, follow the marshals’ instructions. If wet weather, bring warm dry clothes to change into after the ride and keep them dry. Make sure to have something waterproof to put your valuables in.
There are public toilets 5 minutes walk away from the staging area. More details to be published closer to the ride.
There are an increasing amount of bike hire options for the centre of Sydney. Try Lime and Mobike. For public hygiene, please cover your hire bike’s seat if you are riding with a bare bottom! Note: it can take a while to find a hire bike that actually has a helmet attached to it. Leave time in the morning to find a bike in order to ride legally with a helmet. It’s a bit of an issue at the moment.