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Date posted: 30 March 2012
More than 60 second-hand bikes will arrive at Coober Pedy in the outback soon, thanks to a collaboration between a Melbourne couple and a regional Aboriginal health service.
Melbourne psychologist Kelly O'Brien and social philanthropist Stuart Allen have been involved in a project to restore the bikes.
'Initially we wanted to create a project to give people in a state of homelessness a sense of meaning and purpose. We got together and started to recycle bikes but they needed a destination,' they explained.
'I just happened to have a conversation with a health service outside of Coober Pedy, they were doing some amazing things and desperately needed bikes.
'This just seemed like the right place for the bikes to belong.'
In Coober Pedy, George Laslett at the Umoona Tjutagku Health Service said the bikes would offer a handy way to get around in a town devoid of public transport.
'Most people here basically walk around and it gets pretty hilly around the place and it certainly gets very hot up here, so this will help people to just get there a lot faster,' he said.
The bikes will also be used in community cycling events, including the Breakaway Bolt fundraiser ride and a police mentorship initiative, which will see adults and teenagers team up to ride 190 kilometres across outback South Australia, from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta.
Source: ABC news