2016 has been a big year, and here at Pedal Power ACT we've been working hard to get more people in Canberra riding bikes, more often.
We've been incredibly busy in the past year - an election year in the ACT, with all the opportunity that brings to get our elected representatives thinking about how to incorporate and facilitate bike riding in the larger scheme of Territory plans.
But it hasn't all been hard work, and we've had plenty of fun along the way.
Before we jump on our bikes and ride off to enjoy the holidays, here are our highlights for 2016:
- Pedal Power ACT events: Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride 2016 attracted more participants than ever, and Fitz’s Challenge was recognised as Australia’s toughest Cyclo-Sporti
- Our ongoing advocacy and 2016 Election Forum played a part in encouraging our newly-elected government to commit $30 million to ACT bike-riding
- Pedal Power ACT worked with program founders, as well as IRT, and the Danish embassy to bring the first Cycling Without Age program in Australia to Canberra
- Our outgoing Communications manager Nic Beveridge won a spot on the Australian Paralympic Team and went to Rio along with Pedal Power ACT Ambassador Sue Powell
- We welcomed two new program and event managers, and a new communications manager into the all-new Pedal Power ACT office
- We facilitated hundreds of people getting to know their bikes better in 2016, whether through our bike maintenance courses, or our learn-to-ride program Cycle Well, our new kids program Active Rides, and the New Horizons program that continues to bring more people to bike-riding than ever
Thank you to all our wonderful members, and particularly our hard-working volunteers, without whom Pedal Power ACT could not continue to help make bike riding better in the ACT.
We have many exciting plans in the works for next year, and we can't wait to tell you more about them - starting with the Big Canberra Bike Ride on March 5.
Roll on 2017 - and more Canberrans riding bikes than ever, more often, for a better community.