Following from the success of last year, SheSpoke* continued in 2016 with our featured speaking event, bike yoga and cargo bikes all while celebrating local bike riding groups. SheSpoke was held on Sunday 6 March to tie in with International Women's Day, Cycling Victoria's Awards and The Women's Ride.

The SheSpoke Southside Hub ran from 10am to 6pm and all events were free.

Images from the event:


  • 10am to 3pm - Relax and unwind with coffee, tea, juice and some healthy morning bites on us! Various community rides* are welcome to start or finish at this hub, throughout the day. 
  • 10am to 3pm - Free bike fittings with The RACV Ascent and free bike engraving with the Victoria Police Proactive unit
  • 10am to 3pm - BikeSpot consultation with the Squeaky Wheel and Port Phillip Bicycle User Group
  • 10.30 to 11.30am - Bike Yoga - stretches for bike riders, no mat needed on grassed area. Session one: 10.30 to 11am, Session two: 11 to 11.30am
  • 11am to 3pm Come n try Cargo bikes with a face painter
  • 12 to 2pm She Spoke main speaking event and light champagne lunch. Topic: ‘Taking the Sport out of Transport’ – where does everyday bike riding fit and how do we shake the stereotype? 
  • 3 to 6pm - Cycling Victoria's International Women's Day Awards

*Other group rides and event organisers are welcome to start, end and join in their planned activities at this hub. Just get in touch with Jess so we can cater for numbers. Don't forget to add your event to The Women's Ride.

Main event

Host or join a group ride along the beach and into the SheSpoke Hub and join us for a light champagne lunch from 12pm to 2pm where keynote speakers will discuss the issues of riding in Melbourne as a real transport choice in a Q&A forum. The topic is" Taking the Sport out of Transport’ – where does everyday bike riding fit and how do we shake the stereotype? with speakers:

  • Mayor Bernadene Voss open the talk
  • Pip Carroll from The Squeaky Wheel
  • Melissa Pirie from Cycle (Australian Cycle Alliance)
  • Dr. Katie Rowe from Deakin University
  • Dr. Evelyn Légaré from VicRoads
  • Grace MacPherson from Bicycle Network 
  • Cr Amanda Stevens from City of Port Phillip

Meet others, share stories, be inspired and join the conversation. Everyone is welcome to relax and unwind in.


Speaker bios

Pip Carroll,  The Squeaky Wheel

Pip has a long history in bicycle advocacy and programming in Melbourne. She started out by initiating the Bicycle Film Festival in 2007, which led on to Bikefest in 2010 and Roll Up Bicycle Valet in 2011. All of this programming experience was funnelled into the establishment of The Squeaky Wheel which conducts tours, training, campaigns and events to celebrate and normalise bike riding in civic life.

Melissa Pirie, Cycle (Australian Cycle Alliance)

Melissa grew up in Ballarat at a time when bicycles were a kid's essential transport. On moving to Melbourne to work, she was going to buy a car, but then read an article by Keith Dunstan about how you could commute around Melbourne easily by bicycle, putting your bike on the train to extend the distance you could travel. She thought that made sense, so never did buy that car. Now back in Ballarat, Melissa is an urban tree changer with a cargo bicycle. She one of many women contributors that form Cycle by adding her values and insight to the organisation.

Dr. Katie Rowe, Deakin University
Dr. Katie Rowe is a Lecturer in Sport Management at Deakin University. Katie’s research focuses on issues of relevance to sport development and participation and she is particularly interested in how sport and recreation can be used to achieve community development outcomes. Katie’s PhD research focused on women’s cycling participation and cycling education as an intervention. Katie is also a keen recreational cyclists who loves encouraging others to be active.

Dr. Evelyn Légaré, VicRoads

Evelyn Légaré is Acting Director, Corporate Strategy at VicRoads.  Prior to her employment at VicRoads, Evelyn was Senior Policy Manager in the Sustainable and Active Transport Policy Branch of the former Department of Transport and Manager of Policy & Analysis in the Walking and Cycling Branch of the Department of Transport.  Evelyn has worked both in State and Local Government in Victoria.  Evelyn has long had an interest in sustainable transport and in encouraging a cycling culture that reflects the needs of all current and potential cyclists regardless of age, gender, fitness level, experience or location. 

Grace Macpherson, Bicycle Network

Grace is an Advisor in the Government and External Relations team at Bicycle Network. Grace is responsible for providing strategic advocacy and advice to government and stakeholders to facilitate better bike riding conditions. Grace has an undergraduate degree in science and masters degree in urban planning at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about planning cities and communities (and bicycle infrastructure) that have a positive impact on the health of people living there. Grace is optimistic that one day in Australia there will be more people riding to work in their work clothes then there will be in their lycra.

Cr Amanda Stevens, City of Port Phillip
Elected to Council in 2012, Cr Stevens believes the needs of the community are growing and changing and that there is a strong need to improve our community by building infrastructure for childcare, aged care, affordable housing and sustainable transport. An enthusiast cyclist, Cr Stevens is a strong advocate for sustainable transport including bike riding, walking and catching public transport.  As a Councillor she is committed to providing safe commuting with improved cycling and walking facilities in and around the City of Port Phillip. Professionally, she is a lawyer and management consultant, specialising in corporate governance, and initially practicing in corporate litigation.  Cr Stevens has under graduate degrees in Economic & Law, a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and leadership qualifications from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Harvard Business School. Cr Stevens is married and mother to two girls.  In her spare time she likes to eat and cook great fresh food, run and most of all, spend time with family and friends.


Event details

WHERE: SheSpoke Hub, The Great Provider, 42A Marine Parade, St Kilda VIC 3182.
Please note due to an Elwood triathlon, there is a road closure. The off-road beach bike path from Elwood Canal into the city are not affected and will remain open. Road closure is along Beaconsfield Parade / Jacka Boulevard / Marine Parade / Ormond Esplanade – from Kerferd Rd to St. Kilda St until 11.30am. There are managed crossings that can be made at Dickens which will lead you into the venue and the off-road bike path, or at Cowderoy Street. . See below picture for crossing points.

WHEN: Sunday 6 March, 10am - 6pm (Champagne lunch and speakers from 12 - 2pm)


MORE INFO: Email Jess at or call (03) 9209 6274, or visit the event page. Register at the door.

REGISTRATION FOR HUB ACTIVITIES: SheSpoke Registration and be sure to join in other activities at The Women's Ride

#SheSpoke2016 #cityofportphillip. View our photos from 2015.

* Now in it's third year, SheSpoke is an initative produced by the City of Port Phillip dedicated to promoting women’s participation in bike riding. The series of rides, workshops and special events are designed to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower women of all life stages. She Spoke is about having fun, making connections with other women, learning new skills and trying something you may not have tried before (or for a long time). The City of Port Phillip is proud to be a part of The Women’s Ride and work with our collaborative partners.