The ACT Government has put its support behind the ACT Cycling Alliance which will see the Territory’s biggest cycling organisations working collaboratively and sharing resources.
Andrew Barr, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Sport and Recreation, recently announced $64,000 as part of the 2014 Sport and Recreation Grants Program in seed funding for a working group, led by Pedal Power ACT, to begin implementing the new Alliance.
The idea for the ACT Cycling Alliance was born out of enthusiasm by the local cycling community to explore the opportunities for greater administrative efficiencies, improved recreational and sporting pathways, enhanced development activities and greater synergies in event delivery.
The working group (which includes representatives from Cycling ACT, ACT BMX, Canberra Off-Road Cyclists and Pedal Power) was formed in 2012 to explore the opportunities for these cycling bodies to work collaboratively. Initially the working group will focus on establishing the operating structure, central administration functions and collective marketing and communications.
Pedal Power Executive Officer, John Armstrong, explained that work has already started and the aim is to have an administrative framework in place by April.
"All the peak bodies for cycling in the ACT are involved and some of them don't even have office space or even a desk. The first step will be to establish a stable and central administrative hub to support all these groups and the cyclists they represent. It's very exciting and a great step forward for all types of cycling across the ACT," said Armstrong.
Canberra is the cycling capital of Australia. From an extensive cycle path network, to world class facilities like those at Stromlo Forest Park, to being the home of champions like Caroline Buchanan and Susan Powell. This new alliance will represent all of cycling’s interests.