You may remember that a while ago we announced Capital Cycling – an exciting new initiative aimed at promoting all things cycling and providing a stronger voice for cyclists in the ACT. We are now delighted to say that Capital Cycling has launched with a brand new website and the announcement of a ‘Festival of Cycling’ in spring.
Capital Cycling is the product of each of the peak cycling bodies in the ACT designed to share expertise, resources and a common goal to improve cycling in the capital. The foundation members of Capital Cycling are Pedal Power ACT, ACT Cycling Federation, BMX ACT and Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC).
Capital Cycling’s ‘Festival of Cycling’ is made up of a series of cycling events throughout the spring which promise something for everyone – from the complete novice to the extreme challenge rider. Events range from ‘come and try’ sessions for children and 35km family rides right up to 255km extreme challenges.
Visitors to the website will find event details along with resources for those just starting out in cycling. Local enthusiasts and organisations are also being encouraged to submit their own cycling events through the Capital Cycling web portal, where they will be promoted on a dedicated events page.
John Armstrong, Executive Director of Capital Cycling and Pedal Power Executive Officer said:
“Here in the ACT we are fortunate to have an incredible community of cyclists – 87,500 people regularly cycle at least once a week – each with a different reason for riding yet united in their love of cycling. That is why Capital Cycling has formed – to make it easy for the average cyclist to take up their next challenge and to give a stronger voice to ALL cyclists in the ACT.
“We believe in ‘cycling for all’ and the ‘Festival of Cycling’ provides an opportunity for everyone – allowing those who cycle to be a part of the wider community of cyclists through these events.”
Capital Cycling started life some 2 years ago, when Pedal Power presented a case to Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) that there could be some strength to an option that allowed all of the cycling communities in the ACT to work together and see if there could be a sharing of expertise, and a saving in effort across all entities.
SRS engaged a consultant to review the opportunity to bring each of the entities together and work through any of the issues that might become evident. As a result of some pretty extensive consultation with each of the cycling entities, Andrew Barr announced the availability of some funding to start the entity off earlier this year. Initially called the “ACT Cycling Alliance” the entity has identified that a more effective representational name should be “Capital Cycling”.
The Capital Cycling website is at: www.capitalcycling.org.au