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Organisation

  • The Fitability Tandem Cycling program offers offer tandem cycling opportunities principally to vision impaired people (both men and women) in the Canberra region, as well as to those with other disabilities who would otherwise be unable to cycle.
  • Fitability is part of Pedal Power ACT.
  • Fitability is managed by a committee of volunteers from FIT (Females in Training) and Pedal Power.  As a program of Pedal Power, this committee reports to the Pedal Power executive committee.
  • Fitability relies on the involvement of volunteers for all its activities.  Our pilots volunteer their time to ride with stokers.  Both pilots and stokers volunteer their organisational abilities to the running of the program.

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History

  • FIT-Ability was established in 2001-02 by members of Females in Training (FIT) and through an ACT government grant.  The grant enabled FIT to purchase four Hillbrick road tandems, a bike trailer and covered other program costs.
  • Females in Training (FIT) is a not-for-profit community group for women of all ages and abilities who want to enjoy safe triathlon training and exercise in a supportive and fun atmosphere. The group provides training sessions and coaching in the three triathlon disciplines of swimming, running and cycling. Meals at cafes follow many training sessions.
  • FIT-Ability initially provided tandem cycling to vision impaired women.  Volunteer sighted pilots for the tandems came from FIT membership.
  • In 2006 FIT established a partnership with Canberra’s largest recreational cycling group, Pedal Power ACT.  Pedal Power is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes cycling and represents the interests of people who ride bicycles in Canberra.  This allowed FIT-Ability to expand its program and offer tandem cycling to vision impaired women and men.  The pool of volunteer pilots riding with FIT-Ability increased dramatically.
  • From 2007 to 2009 a three year Health Promotion Grant from the ACT Government allowed FIT-Ability to maintain its activities and purchase two recreational tandems.
  • In 2007 FIT-Ability was a recipient of the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award in the Community category and a Vision Australia Making a Difference Award.
  • In 2009 two further tandems were generously donated by the Bike South West BUG.
  • In 2010 FIT-Ability affiliated with Vision Impaired Sports ACT (Visact).  Visact is the peak organisation representing groups providing sporting activities for people with vision impairment in the ACT.  These include Cricket, Goal Ball and Golf.  Visact Tandem (FIT-Ability) is the newest member.
  • Through the generosity of Lord’s Taverners ACT, the Lonsdale Street Cyclery, Cannondale and the ACT Government through a Health Promotion Grant to Visact, FIT-Ability has added two Cannondale road tandems to its fleet of bikes.
  • In 2010 FIT-Ability again received an ACT Chief Minister’s Award for Inclusion in the category of Sport.
  • In 2010 FIT-Ability secured a Disability ACT Innovation grant to promote its program.
  • In 2014 the hardworking VISACT volunteers agreed to cease its operations and the valuable partnership ended.
  • From 1 May 2015 the group became "Fitability" and moved to become a group under Pedal Power ACT.