Many years ago someone suggested to the late Jim Fraser MHR, that Canberra was flat enough for most people to ride bicycles around the city, and that paths should be built to make that happen.
Indeed, that was in the time when only about 50 000 people lived here in what we now call North and South Canberra. As many would know, Pedal Power ACT was born out of the frustrations experienced by cyclists as the city rapidly grew.
The lack of paths and facilities for cyclists was chronic. In the spirit of the times, and with due prominence given to the emerging ‘green’ movement, Pedal Power ACT was registered as an incorporated organisation on the 11 November, 1975, a significant day of protest for Australia and, as it turns out, for Canberra.
Pedal Power ACT has come a long way since then. It has the reputation of being one of the most effective lobby groups in Canberra. It has over 3 500 members and serves the greater community with it’s constant lobbying for better cycling facilities and provides many services to members and other people in the community.
Pedal Power has done much to raise the general level of awareness of bicycles as a sustainable alternate transport. It has also raised the level of awareness to the tourism potential of cycling. It has worked, and will continue to work towards emphasising the health benefits for all who cycle regularly.