Page 669 - Week 02 - Thursday, 18 February 2016

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On Sunday, 6 March Amy’s Big Canberra bike ride will be on again and it provides a wonderful opportunity for bike riders of all abilities. This Pedal Power ACT event will support the Amy Gillett Foundation to promote road safety initiatives for the cycling community across Australia.

Pedal Power’s vision for cycling in Canberra in 2030 would see more people on bikes by changing the way decision-makers and the community think about cycling, roads and services. I note that Pedal Power held their AGM on Tuesday. I congratulate Jane Brooks on again taking on the role of president. I would also like to acknowledge Gillian Heylar for the work and effort she has put into Pedal Power over the last year. I understand that Jeff Ibbotson remains as vice-president and will continue to play a large role in Pedal Power’s advocacy unit. Congratulations also to Vicki Deakin and Douglas Widdup, who stayed on as secretary and treasurer respectively, as well as Eric Huttner, Steve Shaw and John Widdup, who were elected to Pedal Power’s board. I wish the incoming executive the best of luck in what will be a busy year.

I would also like to note the work of John Armstrong, the executive officer of Pedal Power, who does a wonderful job leading the organisation. I am sure he would be familiar to all members in this place.

As many members would be aware, Pedal Power also produces a bi-monthly and very informative magazine, Canberra Cyclist, which is edited by Julia Widdup with the help of Carol Taylor and John Widdup. I congratulate all those involved with the Canberra Cyclist and wish them the best of luck in the future. As I am sure all members would be aware, it is a comprehensive publication with topical information that I am sure would take a lot of effort to compile.

Pedal Power has already made a significant contribution to life in Canberra. It has successfully advocated for greater cycling infrastructure and improved culture here in Canberra. Far from having a mid-life crisis, Pedal Power continues to go from strength to strength at 40. I wish Pedal Power all the best of luck for the next 40 years and for its celebrations tonight. For more information about Pedal Power I encourage all members to visit its website at

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.38 pm until Tuesday, 8 March 2016, at 10am.

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