Nobel Peace Ride

Sep 1, 2018

In September 2018, ICAN journeyed from Melbourne to Canberra by bicycle, touring our Nobel Peace Prize medal and raising awareness of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Beginning on September 2 in Melbourne, the birthplace of ICAN, we arrived in Canberra on September 20, marking one year since the nuclear ban treaty opened for signature and demanding our Government join this landmark accord as a matter of urgency.

The Nobel Peace Ride was made possible by the 2018 Jessie Street Trust grant.

View the photo album here →


Endorsing organisations

  • Amnesty International Australia, ACT
  • Australian Education Union ACT
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Victoria
  • Australian Quaker Peace and Legislation Committee
  • Beyond Uranium Canberra
  • Edmund Rice Centre
  • Friends of the Earth Australia
  • International Volunteers for Peace
  • Medical Association for Prevention of War
  • National Tertiary Education Union
  • National Union of Students
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • SEARCH Foundation
  • Servas Australia
  • Unions ACT
  • United Firefighters Union of Australia
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom



Route details: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28338632

Day 1

  • Sunday 2 September
  • Naarm (Melbourne) to Whittlesea (62km).
  • Meet at the Victorian Parliament House for a send-off at 9:30am. Local riders welcome to join us for the first leg through the northern suburbs. Register here. Facebook event here.
  • Speakers at the send-off: Wurundjeri elder Uncle Colin Hunter, the Peace Choir, Andrew Giles MP, Senator Janet Rice, Lucy Turton from Disarm Unis and Lockout Lockheed, Jeannie Rae from the National Tertiary Education Union, Marcus Yip from ICAN and Dave Sweeney for MC.
  • Accommodation: Whittlesea Anglican Parish

Day 2

  • Monday 3 September
  • Whittlesea to Yea, Taungurung land (57km)
  • Accommodation: Yea Uniting Church

Day 3

  • Tuesday 4 September
  • Yea to Woodfield (56km)
  • Accommodation: Woodfield Shearer’s Quarters campground

Day 4

  • Wednesday 5 September
  • Woodfield to Warrenbayne (30km)
  • Accommodation: friendly farm

Day 5

  • Thursday 6 September 
  • Warrenbayne to Benalla, Taungurung and Yorta Yorta land (35km)

Day 6

  • Friday 7 September
  • Rest day in Benalla
  • Event at Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre from 6-7pm. Details here. Exhibition runs all day. Speakers at the event include Benalla Mayor Cr Don Firth, Nancy Atkin, Medical Association for Prevention of War and Dr Tilman Ruff, co-founder of ICAN.

Day 7

  • Saturday 8 September
  • Benalla to Beechworth, Duduora land (90km)

Day 8

  • Sunday 9 September
  • Beechworth to Albury/Wodonga, Wiradjuri land (44km)

Day 9

  • Monday 10 September
  • Rest day in Albury/Wodonga
  • Event at Albury Library Museum from 12:30-1:30pm. Exhibition runs all day. Speakers at the event include Cr Amanda Cohn, Deputy Mayor of Albury City, Chip Eling, Secretary of the North East Border Trades and Labour Council and Gem Romuld, Australian Director of ICAN. Details here.

Day 10

  • Tuesday 11 September
  • Albury/Wodonga to Jingellic (115km)
  • Accommodation: friendly farm

Day 11

  • Wednesday 12 September
  • Jingellic to Tumbarumba (43km)
  • Accommodation: Mannus Creek bush camp

Day 12

  • Thursday 13 September
  • Tumbarumba to Tumut (67km)
  • Accommodation: Anglican Parish of Tumut

Day 13

  • Friday 14 September
  • Tumut to Gundagai, Wiradjuri land (32km)
  • Accommodation: Catholic Church of Gundagai

Day 14

  • Saturday 15 September
  • Rest day and exhibition in Gundagai. Event at the Gundagai District Services Club at 11am-12pm, further details here.
  • Accommodation: Catholic Church of Gundagai

Day 15

  • Sunday 16 September
  • Gundagai to Wee Jasper (80km)
  • Accommodation: bush camp or campsite

Day 16

  • Monday 17 September
  • Wee Jasper to Yass, Ngunnawal land (64km)
  • Potluck dinner

Day 17

  • Tuesday 18 September 
  • Yass to Canberra (85km)
  • Accommodation: friendly house in Watson.

Day 18

  • Wednesday 19 September
  • Rest and prepare to rally on the 20th September.
  • Banquet organised by Uranium Free Canberra! All welcome- details and tickets available here.
  • Accommodation: friendly house in Watson.

Day 19

  • Thursday 20 September
  • Grand finale ride, march and rally to demand Australia join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons!
  • 10am: cyclists meet and depart from the Canberra Peace Bell in the Nara Peace Park, Yarralumla
  • 11am: everyone gathers to ring the Canberra Peace Bell and begin the march to Parliament House
  • 12pm: rally outside Parliament House
  • Speakers: Aunty Sue Coleman-Haseldine (Kokatha elder, survivor of nuclear testing in South Australia), Anthony Albanese MP, Shane Rattenbury MP, Australian Youth Disarmament Network, ICAN. More TBA.
  • Registration and further information here. Facebook event here.
  • Accommodation: friendly house in Watson.

Day 20

  • Friday 21 September
  • International Day of Peace
  • Rotary Peace Award ceremony