About the project

Bikes Palya* offers a unique program benefiting disadvantaged communities across Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankuntjatjara lands and other remote South Australian regions. Bikes Palya deliver health and safety outcomes through facilitating BMX track building, hosting community bicycle events, and bicycle education workshops. Since 2014, Bike SA members have donated over 200 bikes to communities, giving over 400 children and youth, improved access to cycling recreation options. The program incentivises school attendance and engagement as well as targeting boredom and antisocial behaviour issues that arise during critical school holiday periods, when many other services are absent.

 

Education and training through mentoring programs offer long term benefits to youth, developing existing interests and strengths into transferable skills and career pathways. By linking with employment services, safe riding and BMX track construction have created jobs in 10 communities, with an 5 additional regions included in 2019. Inter-generational relationships formed through the program add resilience and strengthen social fabric. Regular physical activity through cycling and healthy lifestyles address high rates of diabetes and obesity in remote communities. Most importantly, Bikes Palya connects with and inspires youth to excel at something they enjoy, using the bicycle as both a tool and metaphor for freedom and independence.

 

*Palya means great in Pitjantjatjara. Bikes Palya = Bikes are Great

  • John Allan

    A young child and a bike are a great combination. Just look at their as they ride their bike no matter where they are. This is a great initiative. Well done😃🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️

  • Chris Barry

    Great work. Maybe we'll see the next international champion come form the program!

  • Tom Osborn

    Great project

  • Kent Thiele

    Happy to support this very worthy cause.

  • Lynda Tout-Smith

    Supporting the environment (cycling) and First Nations peoples who we owe so much to - love this program!

  • susan powell

    sounds like a wonderful program! good luck to you!

  • Prof Robyn A Clark

    Happy riding from the Clark family

  • Andy Messner

    Wonderful project on so many levels - Palya!

  • Claire OConnor

    For a cyclist the freedom and fun it offered as a child is never forgotten. Happy to ensure others have the same pleasure

  • Georgina Davison

    Great project

  • Chris Barry

    Great work. Maybe well see anindigenous BMX champion one day!

  • Judy Scholfield

    Good work. Bikes and kids are a great combo.

  • DARCY LUNN

    Palya bikes - keep rocking in Bike SA :)

  • Kenji Okada

    I have read an article on Bike SA. I want to help children with difficuties.

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