TRACTION helps students at St Joseph’s School go places

Cycling Brisbane, the award-winning program of Brisbane City Council, has been a longstanding supporter of TRACTION’s work empowering young people, and encouraging more young people to ride, safely. One of the ways TRACTION makes a difference is donating bikes to those in need, and since 2015 over 1,170 have been given to young people across Southeast Queensland.

St Joseph’s School in Bracken Ridge has participated in Council’s Active School Travel program, which offers Brisbane primary schools a suite of free resources, tools and incentives to enable students, parents, carers and teachers to leave the car at home and actively travel to school. It’s all about creating healthier, more active students and families, increasing road safety awareness, safer streets and continuing to tackle traffic congestion.

Students at St Joseph’s include many from families recently arrived in Australia, and in March, it was a privilege for TRACTION to provide 6 bicycles for students attending the school. The students did not have bikes of their own, so they were delighted to receive them. The bikes were originally donated to TRACTION by members of local communities, and serviced by the TRACTION team, ready for the students to ride.

TRACTION also donated 12 bikes to students from Acacia Ridge State School and Stretton State College.

The Network 10 TV news team attended the presentation of the bikes at St Joseph’s and produced a story for the Brisbane news (click on the image above).

Cr Ryan Murphy, Brisbane City Council’s Public and Active Transport Chair, attended the presentation. “Giving these bikes to the students is a great way to encourage in them a love of cycling that they wouldn’t otherwise get,” he said.


TRACTION delivers evidence-based, early intervention programs for vulnerable young people who need support to engage with learning and peers. TRACTION partners with schools and agencies across Southeast Queensland to provide a social and experiential learning process, where young people experience success completing hands-on projects and build resilience, teamwork and leadership skills. TRACTION Mentors support young people and provide positive role modelling.

TRACTION’s flagship “Bicycle Build” program provides the opportunity for young people to gain experience in bicycle building and maintenance. Participants build new bikes from scratch and along the way, develop riding skills and road safety awareness, whilst creating their own custom bike designs. Participants keep their completed bikes at the end of the program.

TRACTION empowers young people and social impact is demonstrated by participants’ ability to:
1. Improve their learning engagement and achieve educational goals (positive learning environments)
2. Improve their self-efficacy through the opportunity of experiencing success (resilience and mental health)
3. Enhance their self-regulation of behaviour and develop skills in preparation for the workplace (practical, team and leadership skills)

1,340 young people have experienced success through TRACTION partnerships with schools and referral agencies across Southeast QLD since 2015.


Cycling Brisbane:
Brisbane’s Active School Travel program: link to website