Riders will dare to bare all in a clothing-optional bicycle
event in Middlemarch on Sunday.
For the fifth consecutive year members of the public are
invited to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride along a 7km
section of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Internationally the ride has been held each year since 2004
and has grown to include more than 70 cities in 20 countries.
Middlemarch organiser Philip Matthews said it was a fun
activity for people of all ages, and there was no requirement
to participate naked.
The ride was usually well supported and aimed to highlight
cyclists' vulnerability and promote cycle safety.
This year's event was the first to attract opposition, after
a resident complained to the Strath Taieri Community Board.
Mr Matthews said many Middlemarch businesses sponsored the
''We always let the police know it's on, and we always put up
signs on the rail trail letting people know we'll be there.''
Senior Constable Helen Fincham-Putter, of Middlemarch, said
she had never received complaints about the ride, although
some people had questioned whether it constituted indecent
As the event was advertised, those offended by nudity could
choose to steer clear of it, she said.
The ride will start at 11am from the Cardigan St car park at
the beginning of the Otago Central Rail Trail.
Participants will cycle about 7km alongside Ngapuna Rd to the
first station, then return.