Oodnadatta Community Bike Program
Photo courtesy of Bicycle SA
Dunjiba Community Council
Towns/communities where project is situated:
To increase access to community-based physical activity opportunities, with a focus on cycling, and promotion of healthy eating.
The Oodnadatta community, with a focus on children and young people.
External partner and their role:
Bicycle SA: Bicycle SA will visit Oodnadatta and deliver its Bike Palya program, based on cycling activities to promote physical activity.
The project is centred on establishing a holiday program engaging children and young people in cycling-related activities in the isolated town of Oodnadatta.
Bicycle SA will provide BMX bikes to be used as part of the community’s school holiday program. The bikes will remain the property of the Council to be used on an ongoing basis for the community after the funding period is completed.
Additional aspects of the project include upgrading existing bicycle track facilities, supporting the establishment of regular activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity, and intergenerational workshops promoting recreational use of bicycles.
A long term aim of this project is to contribute to diabetes and obesity prevention by addressing the risk factors of poor eating and lack of physical activity and to contribute to community cohesiveness and interaction.