Canberra Walk & Ride Week

Canberra celebrates active travel during March each year. The inaugural week was held in 2017.

The intent of Canberra Walk and Ride Week is:

  • To promote walking, cycling and use of public transport, and to collect data about these movements through the use of the ACTiveLog Smartphone App.
  • To host a festival of events and activities to celebrate and further promote walking, cycling and use of public transport.

All Canberrans are encouraged to walk, ride and catch public transport as often as possible for any journey purpose during the week. It might be your commute to school, to work, to a meeting or appointment during the day, to a social outing, to the shops on the weekend, or to one of our events during the week.

Walking or riding a bike as a mode of transport to get from point A to point B (active travel) is an easy, fun and efficient way for all Canberrans to incorporate regular physical activity into our daily routines. Walking and riding as a mode of transport helps to keep you fit and healthy, provides a sense of happiness, health and wellbeing, contributes to a more liveable city and connects you with your local community.

2018 Canberra Walk and Ride Week Program 22 - 29 March

DayEventDetails
Thursday 22 March Canberra Walk and Ride Week Launch From 12:15pm, Garema Place.
Friday 23 March Shared path pop up 7:30am - 8:45am, Sullivans Creek shared path.
National Ride2School Day All day.
Saturday 24 March National Arboretum Forrest Walk 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Information Desk, Village Centre, National Arboretum Details on the National Arboretum Canberra website.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), Mountain Bike Nationals Come and spectate, or volunteer and help out on the day. All day, Stromlo Forest Park details on the Mountain Bike Australia website.
Sunday 25 March National Arboretum Forest Walk 11:00am - 12:00pm, Information Desk, Village Centre, National Arboretum Details on the National Arboretum Canberra website.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA), Mountain Bike Nationals Come and spectate, or volunteer and help out on the day. All day, Stromlo Forest Park Details on the Mountain Bike Australia website.
Monday 26 March Canberrra Bushwalkers Club, Toddlers Toddle 10:00am, Mount Majura Reserve Details on the Canberra Bushwalking Club website.
Tuesday 27 March Park and Pedal guided ride to work centres 7:30am - 8:30am, Park and Pedal, National Arboretum car park.
Film night, hosted by the National Film and Sound Archive 6:00pm, Arc Cinema National Film and Sound Archive.
McCoy Circuit, Acton. A 10-minute walk from the city bus interchange.
Internal Transport Canberra and City Services Event 12:30pm - 1:30pm, E-bike induction course.
Wednesday 28 March Park and Pedal guided ride to work centres 7:30am - 8:30am, Park and Pedal, National Arboretum car park.
National Arboretum Forest Walk 11:00am - 12:00pm, Information Desk, Village Centre, National Arboretum Details on the National Arboretum Canberra website.
Panel discussion 6:00pm, hosted by Pedal Power. Details on the Pedal Power website.
Thursday 29 March Shared path pop up 7:30am - 8:45am, corner of Melrose and Yamba Drive.
Guided walk and pub chat Details TBC.

If your community group, school or business has something planned for Canberra Walk and Ride Week and you would like us to include it in the program, please drop us a line at TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au and tell us:

  • What you have planned
  • A time and meeting place
  • A contact for the event
  • Any special requirements: cost, level of fitness etc.

2017 Canberra Walk and Ride Week - Photo competition winner

Congratulations to Jess Dibb, who has won herself a double movie voucher for the following submission to the Walk & Ride Week photo competition.

Photos by Jess DibbCaption: Canberra is one of the best places to ride to get between home and work, especially around Lake Burley Griffin. I love seeing various wildlife around the area and there are so many surprises, like seeing hot air balloons in the sky during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, enjoying double rainbows courtesy of the Captain Cook Jet with some seagulls and some magnificent sunrises and sunsets during the colder months.


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