The Canberra community will come together to celebrate all things cycling on Sunday when around one thousand people will ride through the heart of the city for Pedal Power ACT’s Big Canberra Bike Ride.
The Big Canberra Bike Ride was first held back in 1994, and the event has become a highlight on Canberra’s cycling calendar. It’s a really fun and inclusive event, attracting everyone from families and beginner riders to keen committed cyclists.
The atmosphere is going to be amazing – Parkes Way will be closed for traffic and taken over by people on bikes! We’ll have West African drummers serenading the riders as they cycle through the Acton tunnel and a pedal-powered mobile DJ riding with us. We even have a cycling clown! There’ll be delicious food and drink and free family-friendly entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting, and Canberra singer-songwriter Matt Dent.
We have rides for all ages and abilities – starting with the 5 km Big Family Ride which is entirely on closed roads and free for kids. There’s a scenic 35 km Big Lake Ride around Lake Burley Griffin, as well as 65 km and 120 km rides along popular Canberra cycling routes.
There is something for everyone – whether you are bringing the family for an easy pedal or setting yourself a personal challenge. Whether you ride regularly or haven’t been on a bike for a while, we invite you to get on your bike and join us on Sunday.
Riding a bike is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health and contribute to the overall health of our community and our environment. The Big Canberra Bike ride is a fun event with a serious message – if we want to encourage more people to ride, we need to provide better cycling infrastructure and a safer cycling environment.
The event is provided by Pedal Power ACT in support of cycle safety organisation, the Amy Gillett Foundation.
You can register in person at the event hub at Rond Terrace on Saturday from 12-4pm or from 6 am on Sunday.
For more information visit www.bigcanberrabikeride.org