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


  • Leena Sudano

    Cycling is a great way to have fun, learn & get fit

  • Ian Trevorrow

    I hope eveyone can enjoy riding a bike as much as I do

  • Richard Sabel

    I love riding my bike, so why shouldn’t everyone else get that chance. Get out there and just enjoy the wind in your face!

  • Angela Nolan

    Live to ride, ride to live!

  • john westland

    bikes equal freedom.

  • Paul Anderson

    Bikes!!! Palya!!!

  • Marguerite Hall

    The programmes in the remote communities in the APY lands are fantastic!


    All kids should have access and opportunity to the joys and life lessons associated with a bike! I was a teacher at Oak Valley many years ago so it would be fantastic to see this program reach that community!

  • 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!

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