Spoke Up!—for Women’s Health is back in 2019


As part of Women’s Health Week the Active Travel Office wants to help more women experience the multiple health benefits of riding a bike.

Women often don’t make time to prioritise their health. Women also cycle at about half the rate of men despite making more short trips within their local community than men. Spoke Up! is about prioritising your health by exploring opportunities to build more cycle trips into your daily travel routine.

Program of events

Keep checking this page for updates. New events will be added up until Thursday 29 August.

Are you organising an event in your workplace, community or business in the Spoke Up! theme?

Let the Active Travel Office know and we will add it to our program. TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au

Spoke Up - Womens Health Week 2019

Tuesday 3 September

Women’s cycling culture in Canberra, what can we ALL do to get more women cycling every day?

This is an informal evening and a chance to bring together women who are experienced in everyday cycling with those who are new including e-bike users, new mums, grand mums, adventurers, health professionals, eco-stylists and elite athletes. Kate Auty (ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment – and e-bike ambassador) will facilitate the discussion.

This session builds on previous events that have explored the barriers and identified some solutions. The task will be to identify how individuals, the community, government, employers, and families can make this happen.

Are you a role model or changemaker or just someone who wants to get better habits of riding to your local shops or your friend’s place?

Experienced participants will be tasked with bringing an individual who is open to change. Everyone should come in the spirit of taking some personal action.

Date/Time: 3 September, 7 – 8:30 pm facilitated discussion followed by informal discussion and networking. Come a little earlier or stay on for a drink and a bite to eat from the bistro.

Location: The RUC in Turner (aka Turner bowlo), 54 McCaughey Street Turner

Cost: Free

Register: via Eventbrite

Wednesday 4 September

Community drop-ins in Tuggeranong

The Active Travel Office and the ACT Division of the Heart Foundation will host community stalls to listen to what women need to make cycling for short trips easier within the Tuggeranong region.

Tuggeranong records very little cycling participation, despite the number of short trips that women make as part of their routine.

We will be on hand to discuss route planning, bike skills, personal presentation and transporting goods and children as well as the financial savings in bike travel. Come and check out our new e-cargo bike!

Imagine just ducking down to the shops not just for some bread and milk, but for some exercise, a mental break, chatting to a neighbour on the way and saving money on petrol and carbon emissions all in the one trip. Come and chat about making that a reality.

When and where: 4 September:

RSVP: TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au with any questions or ideas

Friday 6 September

New parents meet up at the Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre

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.

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.

Other community organisations will also be there to discuss skills programs, modified bicycles for people with disabilities and more.

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

Healthy snacks provided.

Date/Time: 6 September, 9:30am-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 with any questions or ideas

Friday 6 September

Novice cycling for the spring (hosted by Females in Training)

Friday 6 September marks the return of Females in Training’s popular weekly session that runs from spring through to autumn.

Bike handling skills for women who are wanting to improve their general bike handling skills and confidence or who would like to ride recreationally in a group.

This session will be held in a safe, empty carpark.

Date/Time: 6 September, 6:15am

Location: 1 Langton Cres., Parkes, in the long carpark between the Treasury Building and Commonwealth Avenue

Cost: Free to try (Pedal Power membership is recommended)

Equipment Required: All bike types welcome, helmet, water, comfortable clothing.

RSVP: suggested but not required - just turn up! (enquiries@fitact.org.au).  More details at http://www.fitact.org.au/training/cycling/

Contact the Active Travel Office if you would like to add an event to our program: TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au