COLONY BMX founder and pro BMX rider Clint Millar visited TRACTION twice this term to see the program in action. It's great when the community takes an interest in TRACTION. Clint visited early in the term, shared his story as one of Australia's pioneers on the pro BMX circuit and how he took the plunge to start COLONY BMX - Australia's own premium BMX brand. It was great to have Clint along, check in with TRACTION participants and on his second visit, help them finish off their bike projects on their last day.
Clint also brought the other 'top dog' along - co-CEO and COLONY mascot "Hardy" the jug - Jack Russell-Pug cross of course!
Check out this little video of Clint and Hardy's visit. Click HERE or the image below.
The TRACTION team had a ball at the “In Your Neighbourhood”event yesterday at Greenslopes, organised by Brisbane City Council’s award-winning Cycling Brisbane program. It was a perfect Brisbane Saturday morning to get out and about and TRACTION mentors Karl, Luke and Richard lead the charge providing free bicycle safety checks and tune-ups for the public. The event was held beside the Norman Creek bikeway and was extremely well attended by avid cyclists and families alike. There were heaps of free activities, including:
‘Rider’, one of the superhero characters of the Brisbane City Council’s active school travel program even made an appearance!
The “In Your Neighbourhood” event was the first held by Cycling Brisbane with the purpose of encouraging people to ride more often. The next event will be held on 28th April, 8-11am at Kedron Brook Bikeway (near Mitchelton Football Club, off Osborne Rd), Everton Park. Click HERE for more details.
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Thanks Ashleigh Howarth for this story in the Queensland Times about students from the Scenic Rim region getting access to TRACTION, thanks to the support of Able Australia's "Flipside" youth service and donations from the local police. Click HERE to read the full story.
The first of three 1-day Bike Build workshops was held at Yarrabilba on Friday 23rd February despite torrential rain throughout much of the Logan and Scenic Rim regions. Thanks to a community development grant from Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, TRACTION will deliver 3 workshops for 12-15 year old residents of the new masterplanned residential community at Yarrabilba. Yarrabilba will ultimately be home for 50,000 residents and significant investment is being made into infrastructure like schools and community sporting facilities.
The TRACTION workshop provided an experience that the participants will never forget. The participants had fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends. Not only did the participants learn about bikes, they built practical and life skills in a work-like environment.
The workshop was received exceptionally well by participants and their families.
"Thank you so much for allowing my son to participate today. He had such a great day and learnt some amazing skills and hasn’t stopped smiling since he got home!", said the mother of one of the participants.
TRACTION programs are delivered by Mentors who provide positive role modelling and support for participants who work on their own project. TRACTION recognises not everyone hits their potential in a traditional classroom. It's programs provide the chance to get on the tools and build confidence and self-belief.
When the participants completed assembling their bikes it was smiles all round. Typically with TRACTION programs, participants refurbish second hand bikes donated by the community, however for the three Yarrabilba workshops, participants assemble brand new Academy brand BMX bikes worth $339 RRP. The look on the faces of the participants when they realised they'd get to keep the new BMX bikes was priceless!
Special thanks to Logan Councillor Laurie Koranski and Dean Patterson, Rob Moore and Julie Wood from Lend Lease for visiting the participants during the workshop and showing their interest and support for the program.
Thank you also to Diana Bryson from the Yarrabilba Jobs Exchange (Access Community Services) for helping host the participants and TRACTION team at the venue for the workshop at the "Yarrabilba Exchange", cnr Wongawallon and Shaw Streets.
Register for workshops 2 or 3
Two more workshops will be held in the coming months on 4th May and 15th June. Participation is FREE and spaces are available for up to 7 participants. Click the button below to register interest for your child to participate.
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!
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