Bikes Palya (BP) is a bike education program for youth and communities. The program offers improved education, social, health and wellbeing outcomes through engaging multiple stakeholders and leveraging its highly desirable activity status amongst youth in remote communities. By providing bicycles and program support to existing youth services (APY schools and NPY Women’s’ Council Youth Programs) BP successfully promotes values, role modelling and life skill development to positively shift youth behavior. Additionally BP engages communities in capacity building projects to increase social and physical assets such as the building and use of bike tracks, BMX clubs and the operation of a community bike repair clinic. These activities link community members across generations, st

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Statewide non-profit cycling advocacy organisation Bicycle SA has been delivering youth services across the APY lands for over 15 years. Bike SA employs 53 staff and delivers the state government's Way2Go BikeEd program to primary schools across South Australia. Through this Bike SA has developed a physical and mental health behaviour change methodology using bicycles to inspire and empower people from various cultural backgrounds. The capacity support to large numbers of staff makes BP scalable and able to meet demand for qualified instructors.

Bike SA visits to the APY lands began in 2013 to maintain and build existing school bike fleets. Over time relationships with school staff and community members developed as did the application of cycling based activities to engage youth in school settings, culminating with the Bikes Palya pilot program developed in partnership with Amata Anangu school. As a result, Bike SA received $290,000 over a three year, Special Community grant through South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) to deliver school and community based programming across all 10 APY communities targeting school attendance and promote community health and safety through increasing positive recreation options available to youth.

After one year of demonstration of the positive effects riding had on youth in communities, safety riding facilities became a key objective of the program.