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To celebrate the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week, Transport Canberra and City Services have teamed up to provide a series of events aimed at getting Canberra women active through walking and cycling.

The Spoke Up – for women’s health campaign is about supporting women to make their health a priority, with a focus on the importance of regular physical activity.

We all know how important it is to be physically active, but it can be difficult to know where to start – particularly if you’re taking up a new activity like cycling. The events are designed give Canberra women the skills and confidence to make a positive change to their lifestyle.

Join in on education and inspiration activities like panel discussions, workshops, a bike maintenance course, and Namadgi mountain bike ride.

Here’s how to get involved:

Friday 7 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. It’s never too early to familiarise children with the rules and norms of our roads and shared paths so that families can ride together.

Enjoy healthy snacks and chat with other 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 – like a cargo bike, trailer, tandem, or 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.

When: 10am-12pm Friday 7 September
Where: Belconnen Learn to Ride Centre, Lake Ginninderra near the car park off MacDermott Place
Cost: Free
Bring: Families will need to bring their own working bikes and helmets, water, and sunscreen.
RSVP: TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au

Tuggeranong Workshops: What do we need to make cycling easier for women in Tuggeranong

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

Check out an e-bike, meet other women who want to get active, and ask any cycling related questions.

When: 4-6pm or 6-7pm, Friday 7 September
Where: 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

Pedal Power ACT’s bike maintenance course will give you the 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.

When: 8:30am-12:30pm Saturday 8 September
Where: Girl Guide Hall in Clianthus Street, O’Connor
Cost: $15
Bring: A bike and a helmet
Book: https://eventplus.net/WBM18

Sunday 8 September

Namadgi mountain bike ride

Join ACT Parks and Conservation Service for a 45 kilometre supported women’s mountain bike ride in Namadgi National Park.

This hilly ride follows the Mt Franklin road and several close 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.

The event is free, but registrations and books are essential as numbers will be limited.

When: 9am-3pm Sunday 9 September
Where: Meet at the Bulls Head car park, Mt Franklin Road
Cost: Free
Bring: Participants will need their own mountain bike, tire repair equipment, and a helmet and will carry their own water and food. A ranger with a vehicle will be on call as needed.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/namadgi-mountain-bike-ride-tickets-49583271901 by midday Friday 7 September.

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