The 2017 edition of Melbourne's World Naked Bike ride was a blast. Around 300 cyclists joined the event on a hot summers day. The ride started at Alexandra gardens in Fitzroy, where the riders met, undressed, socialised and applied sunscreen and body paint. Lots of water was drunk in the 32 degree heat.
The ride then commenced along the road, stopping for sight seeing and photo opportunities along the way. The bike riders posed at the Imax / Melbourne Museum complex, before heading into the CBD. Melbourne's locals and tourists were surprised but supportive. We met for another media stop attended by photographers and videographers at the Victorian State Parliament House in Sprint Street. Then progressed to Federation Square.
Participants were from all walks of life : young and old, rich and poor, male and female. There were even some mothers, fathers & families with babies, children & teens. The only common connection was a love of cycling and being nude apart from wearing bike helmets as Australia demands. The police escorted the ride at several points ensuring everything ran peacefully.
Bring on the 2018 ride!