The Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is an annual national event dedicated to helping women across Australia to make good health a priority. One of the best ways for women to stay healthy is to get enough exercise, and our favourite exercise is riding a bike.
Here in Canberra the Active Travel Office is facilitating two events to celebrate women on bikes in the ACT, starting on September 7.
There'll be a panel discussion featuring six very impressive women who live and ride in Canberra on Thursday night, where they'll talk about how they work cycling into their busy lives.
Once you've been inspired to ride more, Pedal Power ACT will be running a workshop to help women familiarise themselves with the mechanics and maintenance requirements of bicycles.
Both of the events are free, so come along and join in the fun, get inspired and be informed.
Ride Sally Ride – Women on Bikes panel discussion
Join Transport Canberra for an inspiring panel discussion, led by talented and strong local ACT women, to learn more about getting out and about on your bike and enjoying the lifestyle benefits it brings – including improved physical and mental health.
This evening is for any Canberran female who has often thought about riding a bike, or riding more often, but finds it difficult due to the distance to be covered, the time needed, safety concerns, the other errands to run, the need to look good on arrival, the weather, lack of sufficient confidence or skills, not knowing routes to travel by bike and much more.
The amazing panel of women who ride regularly, and who will share their perspectives on integrating cycling into life in the city consists of:
- Lilian Mellink, Policy Advisor Trade and Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
- Sophie Fisher, founder of Girls on Bikes - teaching migrant and refugee women in Canberra to ride bikes
- Dr Jasmine Foxlee, mum of two school aged children, & full-time employee of the Parks and Conservation Service
- Jean Allsop, Manager, Office of the Chief Digital Officer
- Dira Horne, CEO of Belconnen Community Service
Prof Kate Auty, Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability, will be facilitating the conversation. Kate rides her 1983 Cecil Walker (Australian made) bike to and from work in Canberra and she is embarking n the Australian made electric bike journey, having placed her order.
Each panel member has her own story to share about her love of riding, and how she has overcome barriers to fit cycling into her regular routine.
There will be an opportunity for an informal question and answer session at the conclusion of the facilitated panel discussion.
We would also love you to stay and join us afterwards for a continued conversation over a bite to eat, to chat further with fellow attendants and our panel of guest speakers.
DATE: Thursday, 7 September
TIME: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
LOCATION: The Living Room, The Duxton, O’Connor
BOOKINGS: RSVP to TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au by Wednesday 6 September
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Females who would like to be inspired to ride a bike, or to ride a bike more
CONTACT DETAILS: TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au | 6207 7302
Spring bike makeover
With the promise of warmer spring weather inspiring us all to get out and about more, it’s time to give your bike a little love. Clean bikes with a little TLC provide for a much nicer ride than those with dust and cobwebs! They give the love back.
Join Pedal Power ACT to learn the basics to keep your bike riding smoother for longer. This workshop will teach you some basic bike mechanic skills, including how to ensure working order for your brakes and gears, and how to get the most out of cleaning your bike. You will also learn about the componentry and different parts of your bike, so you know what to check for if things don’t go right.
For those who want to stay on afterwards, an extension to this session will show you how to change a tyre.
DATE: Saturday, 9 September 2017
TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm
LOCATION: Guide Hall, Clianthus Street, O’Connor.
COST: Free, places are limited.
CONTACT DETAILS: Pedal Power ACT, 6248 7995
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Women who want to learn more about looking after your bike
Participants are required to bring their own bike.