Thank you to Amanda Watts of the Courier Mail for this feature in the Q Weekend Magazine about Sandy and TRACTION. Click HERE or the image below to read the article.
Thanks to the Jimboomba Times for reporting on the 1st of 3 Bike Build workshops at Yarrabilba.
This article about TRACTION's upcoming one-day bicycle workshops at Yarrabilba featured yesterday in the Albert & Logan News.
TRACTION will deliver 3 workshops in the Yarrabilba community in 2018. The workshops are supported by Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, will provide an experience that young people will never forget and:
The first workshop is Friday 23rd February.
TRACTION Mentors facilitate each workshop and provide technical assistance and participants are also supported by community volunteers who provide positive role-modelling.
The workshops are perfect for those interested in learning more about bicycle mechanics and maintenance. Participants will disassemble, re-assemble and quality-check a bicycle (second-hand, donated by the community) and get to keep the bicycle at the end of the day.
Bookings are essential. For details visit:
Event webpage: Click HERE
Facebook: Click HERE
Following a wonderful 2 ½ years delivering programs at Shed 27 in Capalaba, we've been fortunate to secure space in the former horticulture compound at the Alexandra Hills TAFE campus. The TRACTION team fit out the new workshop over the Christmas break ready for term 1 kick off in January.
Thank you to our supporters, local MP's (including Federal member for Bowen, Andrew Laming; State member for Lytton, Joan Pease), mentors, volunteers and school representatives who attended a sneak peak at the new TRACTION workshop at Alexandra Hills yesterday.
The TRACTION team had a ball at bayside skate parks for a series of "BMX Break Out" events held over 4 days from 8-11 January 2018.
TRACTION Mentors and program participants provided FREE safety checks and tune ups for the BMX, scooter and skate board enthusiast community who came along to hang out in Redlands recreational facilities.
The week started at Capalaba Skate Park and culminated with a BBQ and giveaways at the new Mt Cotton Skate Park on Thursday. Congratulations to Tama who was the lucky winner of a new BMX bike.
Redland City Council supported the community events and TRACTION mentors and participants were able to hang out with locals hitting up the parks on their bikes, scooters and skateboards.
Thanks to former TRACTION participants TJ, Jassamyn, Amber and Jayde for helping out at the events and applying their bicycle mechanical skills on the job!
Thanks also to 99 Bikes who also supported the event and supplied parts that TRACTION mentors and participants fitted to the bikes of skate park attendees that needed repair.
It was hot but great to get outdoors on the holidays!
Close to 400 participants have graduated in TRACTION programs since the program kicked off in July 2015.
An abundance of new skills and confidence are flowing into the community and nearly 400 donated bicycles have been given a new life! In term 4 this year, participants graduated in Bicycle Build programs delivered at TRACTION's own Brisbane Bayside (Capalaba) and Southside (Moorooka) workshops and also at the Logan workshop run in conjunction with the YMCA Vocational School and yourtown.
Click HERE or the image below to read our latest eNews.
It was a pleasure for TRACTION to deliver a 4-day Bicycle Build Boot Camp for the fourth group of participants from Access Community Services (ACS) in December 2017 at the Moorooka workshop.
Access Community Services is one of Australia’s leaders in multicultural issues, with over 30 years of experience in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support services, housing and social enterprise opportunities for migrants, refugees and Australian born clients. Services are delivered right across Queensland with a particular focus on the South East, including Logan City, Ipswich City and the Gold Coast.
The TRACTION Bicycle Build boot camp experience provides the chance for young people from the ACS network to strip down, assemble and personalise a bicycle donated by the community and keep the bicycle at the conclusion of the program.
The boot camp also provided the chance for participants to have fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends, build confidence and self-belief, and build practical and life skills.
The second Brisbane Bicycle Swap Meet, organised by TRACTION, was held on Sunday 5th December in West End.
The meet once again provided the chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. Thank you to all stallholders and attendees for making it a great day! All gold coin entry fees support the charitable program in its mission to empower young people in need.
Congratulations to Glen who won the Academy Entrant BMX in the raffle. Thank you to 99 Bikes for donating the bike to TRACTION.
A massive shout out to TRACTION mentor Richard for organising the swap meet, the TRACTION team who helped make the day happen, and for Pensar (The Infrastructure People) - long time supporter of TRACTION, for allowing us to hold the swap meet in their car park at West End!
TRACTION intends to hold 3 swap meets next year, so to keep in the loop, please follow @bnebicycleswap on Facebook
We were stoked to be part of both Dust Hustle events this year! Thanks to the team at Ellaspede for giving TRACTION the chance to get involved. Dust Hustle is open to all the weird and wonderful motorcycles that could possibly be ridden on the dirt. It's also a chance for our TRACTION mentor and volunteer community to have a bit of fun.
Dust Hustle 5 (DH5) saw a field of 120+ riders will pilot the most weird, wonderful and woefully unsuitable motorcycles on the professional dirt track in the best damn display of dirt and dust tomfoolery. Thousands of spectators turned out to see some of the best value motorcycle entertainment.
TRACTION Mentor Karl piloted a Honda CT110 'postie' around the track this year.
Following the success of the first meet on 2nd July, the swap is back! Organised by TRACTION, the meet is a chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. All proceeds from stall holder and gold coin entry fees support TRACTION in its mission to empower young people in need.
Click HERE, or the image below, for more details