It’s quite possible that you haven’t… yet. This is an exciting new initiative for the ACT and you are going to be hearing a lot more about it in the future.
‘Capital Cycling’ started life some two years ago, when Pedal Power presented a case to Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) for all of the cycling communities in the ACT to work together to share expertise, resources and a common concern to improve cycling in the capital. The foundation members of Capital Cycling are ACT BMX Association, ACT Cycling Federation, Canberra Off Road Cyclists (CORC), and Pedal Power ACT, with the potential for more interested organisations to join in the future.
John Armstrong, Pedal Power Executive Officer said: “I am delighted that Capital Cycling is now open for business. It is early days for this new venture and we are still exploring new ways in which we can add value to our members and to the wider cycling community, but going forward this means that Pedal Power will be able to expand its services through linking closer with each of the partner bodies. We will be able to extend our office hours to allow for greater membership access as well as sharing and learning from each other. Crucially we will also be able to bring together like-minded organisations to enhance the great work that we are already doing in advocacy.
“We are already seeing this initiative bear fruit, with Capital Cycling working with the ACT Police on specific safety actions; ensuring Traffic Marshall discussions and training occurs, and bringing a series of different cycling discipline events together to form a ‘Festival of Cycling’ in September. We look forward to announcing more exciting new opportunities and activities over the coming months.”
The stated vision of Capital Cycling is to “provide a coordinated and effective provision of quality services to the Canberra cycling community”. This will not replace the individual member organisations, rather it will allow us to join forces to provide a stronger voice for cycling in the capital as well as improving our service for all of our members.
You can read more about Capital Cycling in the August / September issue of Pedal Power’s ‘Canberra Cyclist’ magazine.