There have been many culture shocks for me moving from Melbourne to Brisbane, but none more so than daily being confronted by the restrictive, narrow-minded, risk-adverse and controlling authority that Queensland has over its residents. In every other major city around the world, today is the World Naked Bike Ride Day 2016. This is a peaceful political demonstration to protest against the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, as well as promoting naturism, biketivism and environmentalism (all the best -isms!).
Only In Brisbane
I laughed myself into a stitch, when I inquired about the event last week about the WNBR Brisbane chapter. I read that in Queensland, ONLY women can ride completely nude. For reasons of ‘indecency’, men had to wear a G-string – WTF!!!
No other city I know of has this rule – and I mean nowhere around the WORLD that I can find!
(Having said that, if I was a man who wanted to participate in the Brisbane ride – personally, I would wear the G-string on my head, around my wrist or my ankle).
Talk about ridiculous laws!!
Authority control = no Brisbane WNBR
Not only that, but the route that the WNBR Brisbane was to take, was deemed to have too much ‘exposure’ (teehee) to the general public as it tool in taking in parts of the M1. So the police knocked back the proposal. This sparked a series of run arounds for the organisers by police, local officials and council – so much so, that the process and permit got bound up so tightly (and effectively) that the event in Brisbane had to be cancelled.
What a crock!
That meant that the closest WNBR event for Brisbanites was in Byron Bay – 2 hours away!
Brisbane is notorious for previously having a pitiful turnout for this event because the participants get such a hard time when it does go ahead.
This year it was a definitive and flat out red-ribbon stitch-up for good. Problem sorted.
Queensland is old-fashioned, risk-adverse and draconian – and quietly but effectively, authorities are pairing back on civil liberties one small step at a time. Not enough that people get concerned, but just enough to ever so convincingly restrict locals’ choices in lifestyle, activities and access.
Whether you agree or not with the World Naked Bike Ride, in Australia we supposedly have ‘the right’ to hold and/or participate in this event.
I think if people want to cycle nude to highlight what they feel is an important social issue, all the more power to them!
But the way Queensland authorities handled this event – flat out sucks!
What a good job of cutting Brisbane out of one of the most fun, colourful and popular international peaceful bike protests.
Well, kudos to every other cosmopolitan, contemporary, inclusive, progressive and intelligent city in the world who enjoyed a gorgeous day of free speech, community participation and environmental awareness. I hope you had a massive blast, got your message out there and bless you brave souls and awesome supporters who attended!!
I hope all those beautiful riders had a massive blast, got thier message out there.less you brave souls and awesome supporters who attended!!
Bless those brave souls and awesome supporters who attended!!
It is days like this that I sorely miss living in Melbourne.
I was genuinely sorry to have missed out on supporting one of my favourite lively, refreshing and community-driven annual biking events.
If Cape Town in South Africa (see video below) can still manage do it in the midst of all their economic, political and social issues – then shame on you Brisbane. You are miles behind the times!!!