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Innovative bike library lends bicycles to school students

Innovative bike library lends bicycles to school students
16 October 2023

A new bike library will link Orelia Primary School students with unclaimed bikes from WA Police to encourage physical activity.

Caption: (l-r) City of Kwinana Community Safety Officer Sinead Gilligan, Orelia Primary School student Nyakong Mathiang, School Marketing and Library Officer Julie Gliddon and student Janell Lualhati.

An exciting new bike library concept aims to leave a positive legacy in Kwinana by linking unclaimed or donated bikes with students at Orelia Primary School.

The Orelia Bike Library is a collaborative effort between the City of Kwinana, Orelia Primary School, WA Police, and Neighbourhood Watch.

Mayor Carol Adams said the bike library will be housed at Orelia Primary School.

“The bike library will enable students to borrow bikes to ride to school, just like you would borrow a book from a library, thus increasing their physical activity to help prevent childhood obesity and improve emotional wellbeing,” Mayor Adams said.

“Junior Neighbourhood Watch students at Orelia Primary School will also be actively involved in preparing the bike library and helping school staff register the bikes with Bikelinc.

“The bikes are unclaimed bikes and scooters and parts like bells and baskets from WA Police, and the City is in discussion with WestCycle to help support the expansion of the bike library’s inventory of bikes and scooters.

“The Orelia Bike Library is an initiative that not only benefits the current community, but this model could be taken to all schools in WA,” she said.

To express interest in donating a bike or scooter in good condition, visit the Love My Kwinana website.

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