I want to take part, but I’m scared of being on TV (or identified in public)!
Ride fully anonymously by wearing sunglasses, lots of bodypaint, crazy wigs, masks, fun outfits, or weird and wonderful clothing. Disguise yourself in your own creative way and incorporate messages for your cause while you’re at it! (Read here for some ideas.)
Is this event legal?
In NSW, there are two offences that are traditionally applied to public nudity (so long as not adjacent to a body of water):
1. Obscene Exposure: “A person shall not, in or within view from a public place or a school, wilfully and obscenely expose his or her person.”
2. Offensive Conduct: “A person must not conduct himself or herself in an offensive manner in or near, or within view or hearing from, a public place or a school.”
After three years of research and discussion, it is our position that given this event involves a large number of people being naked in a non-sexual way and in a peaceful community spirit, and that it is a special event specifically for the purpose of raising awareness for a cause, this particular instance of public nudity would not be judged by the reasonable person on the street to be obscene (as relating to the ‘Obscene Exposure’ offence) or offensive (as relating to the ‘Offensive Conduct’ offence), and therefore as it relates to these two offences, is in accordance with the law.
We have defence lawyers ready to defend this position to their highest professional ability in any situation in which this matter may arise, and we 100% stand by our position that our event as designed is legal. If anyone challenges this in any way, we will fight it in court to the highest level as required.
We will not be intimidated by out-of-date law enforcement practices that no longer reflect the changing community standards of mainstream Australian society on what is offensive or not. WNBR is loved by crowds worldwide including elsewhere in NSW, and the countless YouTube videos of the public cheering on the riders and having a laugh prove this statement.
You can feel safe riding naked at WNBR in Sydney, because we are working with all parties involved (including the police) to make the ride as safe as possible. Safety for the whole community during the ride is the no. 1 priority for both us and any police assisting us (who are reasonable professionals that we respect). The priority is not whether a random minority of prudes on the street are ‘offended’ at our event. Someone will always be offended at something, and the Australian court rules in favour of the majority.
If you are still worried about this issue, feel free to wear something during the ride so that you can hide your “person”.
Notwithstanding: you are responsible for how you conduct yourself in every way during our public community event. Illegal and offensive behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will call the police to come if you conduct yourself in a truly offensive or troublesome manner.
Fun fact: “Obscene exposure” in NSW doesn’t apply to the female breast! So that part of your beautiful self isn’t as much to worry about!
Is this event family-friendly?
YES. Social nudity has nothing to do with being family-friendly or not, because the peaceful culture of naturism proves that kids are actually healthier when they grow up seeing what the human body looks like! So let’s just talk about the NSW rules around cycling. There are no restrictions on children riding their bicycle on the road, and normal cycling road rules apply to them. Use your discretion about how you involve your children in our community event. Our ride marshals will make sure the ride stays in a cohesive group, so that no one will be stranded at any point during the ride.
One great way to involve your kids safely during the ride is to place them in a bicycle-mounted child seat or buggy. Here’s some great info and ideas. Don’t forget to bring helmets for them – that’s still a legal requirement!
If planned well, bringing your children to World Naked Bike Ride Sydney may be an incredibly positive experience for them – especially in regards to body positivity. What message do you want to give to your children? You decide.
Why aren’t you calling this a protest?
We are calling World Naked Bike Ride Sydney a public awareness event. Protest and public awareness often overlap because each cause has an opposing one, and every protest raises awareness for a cause. However, the attitude and feel of the two categories are different, and that’s what’s important to us.
We really do believe that protest is an important human right, freedom, and space that’s needed in our society as a sacred mechanism of free speech, and how to improve our society.
But we think it’s time to fight a bigger fight, which is that WNBR should be a community event that is accepted and not apologised for, and going one step further in achieving big things for our three causes.
We are friends with all other WNBRs around the world, but to explain how we run things here, we hope that clears it up.