Women's Health Week


The Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is an annual national event dedicated to women across Australia to make good health a priority. The Active Travel Office has assembled a diverse and inspiring program of events for women to experience the physical and mental health benefits of riding a bike.

2018 Spoke Up For Women's Health Program of Events

  • Tuesday 4 September 7 - 8pm: Spoke Up for Women’s Health discussion - What does the women's cycling culture in Canberra look like?
  • Wednesday 5 September 7 am, Guided rides into the city
  • Friday 7 September 10 am - 12 pm: New parents meet up at the Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre - postponed, new date TBA
  • Friday 7 September 4 pm and 6 pm: Tuggeranong Workshops - What do we need to make cycling easier for women in Tuggeranong? - postponed, new date TBA
  • Saturday 8 September 8:30 am - 12:30 pm: Women’s bike maintenance course - hosted by Pedal Power ACT
  • Sunday 9 September 9 am - 3:30 pm: Namadgi mountain bike ride
  • Some workplaces are also running events including yoga, e-bike information sessions and bike maintenance. Think about organising one in yours!
  • Community organisations and businesses are also encouraged to promote their activities and services to women during this week

Let the Active Travel Office know what you have planned and if you want to add your activity to our calendar TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au

(Pre-week events) Monday 27 August September

Cycle chic Film Tour and Big Bike Film Night

Get Spoked up the week before Women’s Health Week with two nights of cycling film inspiration: adventures, crazy tall bikes, old and young riders showcasing women and men pushing the boundaries in some spectacular settings wild places and everyday urban environments.

Date/Time: Cycle Chic Film Tour - Monday 27 August

Big Bike Film Night - Tuesday 27 August

Location: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive

Cost: $25 Adult/ $16 concession (under 17) or both nights for $45/ $28.80 respectively.

Bookings: Cycle Chic Film Tour http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/cycle-chic-film-tour-2018

Big Bike Film Night http://shop.nfsa.gov.au/big-bike-film-night-2018

Tuesday 4 September

Spoke Up for Women’s Health discussion – What does the women’s cycling culture in Canberra look like?

The Active Travel Office is hosting a facilitated discussion, hosted by Kate Auty (ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment – and recent e-bike convert) to talk about women’s cycling culture in Canberra. What does this look like, what’s different and what do we need to get more women riding everyday?

This is an informal evening and a chance to meet like-minded women and girls with diverse experience from those who are new to everyday cycling, e-bike users, new mums, grand mums, adventurers, health professionals, fashionistas and elite athletes.

This evening is for every woman 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...

If you already ride, bring your sisters, mothers, daughters and friends and bring your questions and your comments to help us build a picture. Leave empowered and motivated about what we can do together.

We would also love you to stay and join us afterwards for a continued conversation over a bite to eat and more chatter with special guests and others.

Date/Time: 4 September, 7 - 8 pm facilitated discussion 8-close, informal discussion and networking

Location: **note change of venue** Function room at The RUC in Tunrer (aka Turner bowlo), 54 McCaughey Street Turner

Cost: Free

RSVP: by Monday 3 September TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au

Friday 7 September

New parents meet up at the Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre - postponed, new date TBA

Interested in finding out more about riding around your community with your kids? Bring your babies, pre-schoolers and other new mums and dads and let the kids practice their skills in a safe environment. It is never too early to familiarise children with the rules and norms of our roads and shared paths so that families can ride together.

Come and chat to other new and newish parents about how to get around your community with small children.

Got a unique bike set-up to carry mum or dad and the kids – cargo bike, trailer, tandem, tag-a-long? Bring it down and show the other parents what is possible.

The Active Travel Office will be on hand to discuss all things active travel, including displaying maps of Canberra’s shared path network.

Healthy snacks provided.

Date/Time: 7 September, 10am - 12pm

Location: Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre, Lake Ginninderra near the car park off MacDermott Place

Cost: Free

Equipment Required: Families will need to bring their own working bikes and helmets, water and sunscreen.

RSVP: TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au by Wednesday 5 September

Tuggeranong Workshops: What do we need to make cycling easier for women in Tuggeranong? - postponed, new date TBA

We know that most women want to be more physically active, but too many things get in the way. Join us and the Women’s Centre for Health Matters for one of two short sharp, one hour workshops to talk about how cycling can get you physically active and where you need to be, in less time that you thought.

Check out an e-bike, meet other women who want to get active and ask all the questions you’ve always wanted answers to.

Most importantly, bring another woman who also wants to get active (sisters, daughters, mothers and friends). You know who they are, put a word in her ear.

Date/Time: 7 September

Workshop 1: 4 - 5pm

Workshop 2: 6 - 7pm

Location: Tuggeranong Library

Cost: Free

RSVP: Women’s Centre for Health Matters by 5pm Thursday 6 September on 6290 2166 or admin@wchm.org.au

Saturday 8 September

Women's bike maintenance course – hosted by Pedal Power ACT

Pedal Power ACT's bike maintenance course will give you confidence to get riding, knowing you have the skills to deal with basic mechanical issues.

The course will provide a basic introduction to your bike and its components, how to clean a chain, how to repair a puncture, and the essential tools you need to carry when riding.

Date/Time: 8 September, 8:30 am - 12:30pm

Location: Girl Guide Hall in Clianthus St O'Connor

Cost: $15

Equipment Required: Bike and helmet

Bookings: https://eventplus.net/WBM18

Contact Details: 6248 7995 or projectmanager@pedalpower.org.au

Sunday 9 September

Namadgi mountain bike ride

To celebrate Women’s Health Week, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service are hosting a 45 km  supported women’s mountain bike ride in Namadgi National Park.

This hilly ride follows the Mt Franklin road and several closed gate fire trails through the beautiful forests of northern Namadgi National Park. Riders will enjoy spectacular view points along the way, hear stories of the natural, cultural and historic heritage of the area and enjoy filling their lungs with fresh mountain air. The ride begins at Bulls Head on Mt Franklin Road and will follow the gravel road up to Mt Franklin Chalet for a morning snack. Riders will then take a short detour to the summit of Mt Ginini and will then travel deep into the forest on narrow fire trails to discover the historic Bendora Arboretum. After lunch the ride will return uphill to Bulls Head via giant tree ferns and Alpine Ash.

Participants will be guided and supported by women riders in a non-competitive environment.

The event targets women and girl cyclists 14 years and over, with mountain biking experience and a good level of fitness. Participants will need their own mountain bike, tyre repair equipment, and helmet and will carry their own water and food. A ranger with a vehicle will be on call as needed.

This event is free, but registration and bookings are essential as numbers will be limited.

Date/Time: 9 September, 9 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Meet at the Bulls Head car park, Mt Franklin Road

Cost: Free

Equipment Required: Bike designed for riding on unsealed roads. Australian Standard compliant helmet, tyre repair equipment, food and water.

Contact: Sally Hatton, Namadgi National Park - 6207 2900 or Jasmine Foxlee, ACT Parks and Conservation Service - 62059534.

RSVP Essential (25 places only): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/namadgi-mountain-bike-ride-tickets-49583271901 by midday Friday 7 September.


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