One hundred cyclists of all ages and in various states of undress rode
across New Zealand from Tarakohe to Pohara on Sunday for a cause they
strongly believe in. Great photos.
annual World Naked Bike Ride, as spectators lined part of the route,
with many waving and cheering as the cyclists rode by.
of the packed Penguin Cafe and Bar at Pohara raised their glasses to
the riders. The police were present but no one was arrested.
the start of the event, Sergeant Arthur Clarence of Takaka police told
the cyclists to "have a good ride" but warned them that the police
would deal with anyone not wearing a helmet.
cyclists were from all walks of life and included musicians, artists,
tourist accommodation operators, and Golden Bay Community Board
chairman Joe Bell dressed as a white swan.
said they were offended by Tasman Mayor John Hurley’s comments on
Friday that they were "just a bunch of radicals trying to grab a
headline" and that the police should arrest any nude cyclists.
obviously hasn’t got the message that we need safe cycle lanes in
Golden Bay," said partially clothed Takaka backpacker hostel operator
Peter Woodward, whose dog travelled behind him in a trailer.
nothing but a thong, Golden Bay Kayaks manager Nigel Marsden said Mr
Hurley’s "inflammatory comments" had pushed him into taking part in the
mayor is obviously not in touch with his constituents. We have to do
something about the lack of safe bike lanes. If we have to bare all to
get some attention, we will do it," Mr Greer said.
of the cyclists riding totally au naturel was Golden Bay resident John
Calermbo. "It’s a marvellous way of shrugging off the shackles and
letting your hair down," he said.
Sika Rose, of Clifton, rode with their two children, seven-year-old
Shemaya and toddler Jaya, in bike seats.
ride finished at Pohara’s Totally Roasted cafe, where prizes donated by
local residents and businesses were awarded for the most glamorous,
funniest and most visible costumes, and the best environmental message.
This gentleman does not appear to be using proper skating safety gear.
Of course, in any naked ride, some people will have a worse view than others.
Naturally the following day is the annual "cleaning of the bike seats".