More than a thousand people will ride on Sunday in Canberra’s annual celebration of cycling, the Big Canberra Bike Ride. The event aims to encourage more people start cycling, and to raise awareness of cycle safety. So far more than 1000 people have registered, with hundreds more expected to sign up on the weekend. It’s a unique opportunity to cycle through the scenic heart of the capital down Parkes Way, which will be partially closed for the event.
The Big Canberra Bike Ride will be raising funds for charity partner the Amy Gillett Foundation, Australia’s leading cycle safety organisation, whose advocacy has been instrumental in the adoption of the “metre matters” laws in the ACT.
Minimum distance passing laws are now in operation, with the two-year trial now being evaluated. Our members tell us that they’ve seen a growing awareness among drivers since the minimum overtaking distance law was introduced. Now that the trial is over, we’d like to see it made permanent.
The Big Canberra Bike Ride has something to suit all levels of skill and experience, with a family friendly 5km ride, a 20km ride, and timed 68km and 120km rides. There will be plenty of food and drink options and free family-friendly entertainment at the event hub. People can register in person at the event hub at Rond Terrace on Saturday from 12-4pm or from 6am on Sunday.
Learn more about the Big Canberra Bike ride.
Donate to the Amy Gillett Foundation.