Where do we meet?
For now, the staging area is TBC for the public. Stay tuned to our social media like our official Facebook event. As things develop over the next few months, we might be lucky enough to get approved by a public official so that we could then publish the route for you to have a look at. We’re working with all parties involved behind the scenes and from all angles – so stay tuned.
When should I get there?
The ride kicks off at midday (24th March 2019). But please get to the staging area at least an hour beforehand, so you can get body-painted by someone, be fully ready to have an awesome time, and be there at our welcome with critical safety instructions just before the ride.
What should I bring?
- Your helmet.
- Your body.
- Your bike.
- 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.)
- A bike light. As well as helping to make a noise and a flash 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.
- Stuff to make noise. Whistles, horns, bells, you name it! Make a noise and let those cars know who they should respect!
- Clothes. Maybe come to the event clothed. You decide, but we think that’s a good idea. 🙂
Can I leave my stuff at the staging area during the ride?
For now, please be prepared to carry what you need for the afternoon on you at all times, in a small backpack. (Note: body paint on your back doesn’t mix with a backpack! Try a bike pannier as another option.) We will however try to find some volunteers to stay back and operate a donation-operated cloaking service, so stay tuned about that. Email us if you want to volunteer in such a way!
In the spirit of BODY POSITIVITY, one of the cornerstones of our event 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 this event 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.
NSW Road Rules to remember:
- Wear a helmet. In an event promoting bike safety, we ask you to honour this NSW law! And if you don’t, the penalty is now $319, not $71! (oof.)
- Ride maximum two bikes per lane. More than two isn’t allowed, unless overtaking other bikes.
Event Rules & Principles:
- Alcohol-free zone. We want this event be as safe as possible. Please leave the booze at home until after the ride concludes.
- Leave no trace. As an event 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! This event is to raise awareness for three 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 just 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 an increasing amount of bike hire options for the centre of Sydney. Contact us if you want to sponsor hire bikes or have a good service to recommend! For public hygiene, please cover your hire bike’s seat if you have a bare bottom!