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Nobel Peace Ride

In September 2018, we will journey from Melbourne to Canberra by bicycle, touring our Nobel Peace Prize medal and raising awareness of the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Beginning on September 2 in Melbourne, the birthplace of ICAN, we will arrive 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.

We are seeking participants to be part of this adventure in Melbourne, Canberra and everywhere in between.

+ Register your interest for the Nobel Peace Ride

If you would like to join all or part of the adventure from Melbourne to Canberra, please fill in this form.

+ Melbourne: join the send-off on September 2

Join us outside the Victorian Parliament House at 9:30am for a speak-out before the riders take off at 10:30am.

If you have a bicycle you can join the first leg of the Ride as we cruise the Capital City and Darebin Creek bike paths heading north to our first night at Whittlesea. BYO sun protection, water and food.

Further detail and registration here.

+ Canberra: join the arrival on September 20

The adventure culminates in a ride, rally and march on September 20 calling for Australia to sign and ratify the nuclear weapon ban treaty on the one-year anniversary of it opening for signature.

Local cyclists are invited to join the final 5km “bridge to bridge” cycling leg.

Everyone is invited to join the march and rally from the Canberra Peace Bell to Parliament House!

  • 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

Further detail and registration here.

+ Donate

Please help us make this adventure safe, loud and successful by donating any amount to the Nobel Peace Ride Fundraiser.

+ Endorsing organisations

Beyond Uranium Canberra

To add your organisation to the list, contact gem@icanw.org

+ Contacts

For route and ride enquiries please contact the bicycle brain and Nobel Peace Ride Project Coordinator Lavanya Pant at lavanya@icanw.org

For media and other enquiries, contact ICAN’s Australian Director Gem Romuld → gem@icanw.org


  • Day 1 – Sunday September 2, Melbourne Parliament House to Whittlesea (62km). Meet at the Victorian Parliament House for a send-off at 10am. Local riders welcome to join us for the first leg through the northern suburbs.

  • Day 2 – Monday September 3, Whittlesea to Yea (57km)

  • Day 3 – Tuesday September 4, Yea to Woodfield (56km)

  • Day 4 – Wednesday September 5, Woodfield to Mt Samaria Wells Campground (56km)

  • Day 5 – Thursday September 6, Mt Samaria Wells Campground to Benalla

  • Day 6 – Friday September 7, Benalla – Rest/Exhibition Day

  • Day 7 – Saturday September 8, Benalla to Beechworth

  • Day 8 – Sunday September 9, Beechworth to Albury (44km)

  • Day 9 – Monday Sept 10, Albury – Rest/Exhibition Day

  • Day 10 – Tuesday September 11, Albury to Jingellic (115km)

  • Day 11 – Wednesday September 12, Jingellic to Tumbarumba (43km)

  • Day 12 – Thursday September 13, Tumbarumba to Tumut (67km)

  • Day 13 – Friday September 14, Rest Day/Exhibition in Tumut

  • Day 14 – Saturday September 15, Tumut to Gundagai (32km)

  • Day 15 – Sunday September 16, Gundagai to Jugiong (40km)

  • Day 16 – Monday September 17, Jugiong to Yass (64km)

  • Day 17 – Tuesday September 18, Yass to Canberra (85km)

  • Day 18 – Wednesday September 19, rest and prepare to rally on the 20th September.

  • Day 19 – Thursday September 20, Rally in Canberra


Image: Bikes Not Bombs, Melbourne 2013.

  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate