Greater independence, stronger community connections
Bike Smart Kids helps disadvantaged children and young people facing multiple barriers to mobility due to incarceration of a family member, including poverty, lack of access to transport and lack of resources.
Participants are first trained in road rules and road safety, important survival skills for bike riders, and then attend a workshop on the practical skills of bike maintenance and basic repairs, operated by experienced bicycle technicians. They then receive a quality restored second-hand bicycle, a new helmet, lights, bell, lock and a certificate of attendance.
Over the past two years, SHINE for Kids Victoria has sourced approximately 50 second-hand bicycles at minimal cost which have been restored by local bicycle shops, more recently in partnership with service clubs and local councils.
This Melbourne community-based mobility project is staffed by volunteers who, supervised by our worker, identify families that would benefit most from this unique program. The children and young people are offered greater independence and a stronger connection with each other and their local community. Addressing their social isolation increases their self-esteem and self-confidence, making their futures a little brighter and their dreams a little clearer.