At last week's Pedal Power ACT AGM two new members were elected to council. Once again, we had no trouble filling all the positions on the council which is an indication of the importance of cycling to people living in and around Canberra. We extend a very warm welcome to Gillian Helyar and Bruce Paine and look forward to working with them to get more Canberrans cycling more often for a better community.
Gillian Helyar is a physiotherapist (retired) and has been a keen cyclist for over 30 years. She cycles for transport, recreation, exercise and has spent many months cycle touring. Before moving to Canberra in 2006, she lived for about 20 years in Wagga Wagga – a city with minimal bicycle infrastructure. During that time her interest in bicycle user safety grew. Gillian was part of the group that established Bicycle Wagga Wagga to improve bicycle users’ safety and promote bicycling. She says it was exciting and frustrating working with local government staff who generally had a poor understanding of cycling as a valid means of transport. Since moving to Canberra Gillian has been involved in organising the Fitz’s Challenge as well as a number of Pedal Power social evenings. She is very keen to support Pedal Power's ongoing campaign to improve cycling facilities and to see growth in the number of people cycling.
Bruce Paine has lived in Canberra since the early 1970s, is married and has two adult children, both of whom have left home and been replaced by two dogs! He recently retired from the Australian Public Service and frequently rides with other Pedal Power ACT groups. Bruce describes himself as a non-competitive social rider who does wear Lycra (but rarely ‘branded’ products) and is interested in encouraging more people to cycle more often. Bruce occasionally drives a car but is quick to point out that his car is older than his main bike.
The Pedal Power ACT council includes ten elected representatives: Jane Brooks (President), Michael Braund, Gillian Heylar, Prame Chopra, Eric Huttner, Vicki Deakin, Jeff Ibbotson, Robert Patch, Bruce Paine and John Widdup. Another three may be appointed by the council.
More information about the council, how it operates and its role can be found on the Pedal Power website.