Bikes Palya – What we’ve been doing up in the APY Lands (VIDEO + PHOTOS)

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Bicycle SA has been working in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands – a large Aboriginal local government area located in the remote north west of South Australia. 

Just a little bit of background. Bikes Palya is a program for kids and communities in the APY Lands. Palya means “great” in the local Pitjantjatjara language.

Having been up to the lands several times now – there’s something special about the thrill and joy kids get riding bikes in these outback communities. Two of the communities – Kenmore Park and Amata – recently launched BMX tracks through the Bikes Palya Program.

Check out some of the photos below.

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There’s litle doubt that after two years the bike program is positively engaging youth with schools and other services. Broad interest and support means a network of tracks could be opening soon so stay tuned.

In the meantime – have a look at this great video below of Bikes Palya in action – with backing music from Aaron Frasier – one of the local kids at the school.

You can find out more information about the Bikes Palya! Program here. 

The Bikes Palya programme was made possible thanks to the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion in May 2014. 


Joey Fagan

Joey Fagan is a project coordinator for Bikes Palya at Bike SA. When not chained to a desk he rides his Surley CX far and wide. Co-founder of Adelaide Bike Kitchen, he plans to one day to open a BnB/garlic farm.

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Having worked on the “APY Lands” I had first hand experience seeing the good this program does. The students of the schools, as well as all the children from the townships would flourish with cycling activity! Cycles offer more than recreational activity, but form of transport that’s cheap, and an efficient way of getting around the vast landscape! Keep up the good work!


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