Cyclists an inspiration
The Tour Da Country event is a partnership between Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime to support and promote bike safety awareness and Indigenous health in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.
Each year, the bike ride travels through different areas across the state. The 2016 tour started in Albion Park, near Wollongong, and visited communities in Robertson, Cowra, Forbes, Dubbo and Gilgandra, before arriving in Walgett.
During the stops, the cyclists visited schools to talk about the importance of bicycle and helmet safety, as well as healthy eating, exercise and education. As part of the visits, Aboriginal design drink bottles and helmets were also handed out.
The cyclists included father and daughter team, Dale Wright and Rideika Boney-Wright. Although they agreed that riding almost 1000km in seven days posed constant physical and mental challenges, the cyclists were proud to promote Indigenous culture, inspiring others to make healthy lifestyle choices and ride safely.
Cyclists on the tour were accompanied by two support vehicles and received assistance from Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation.
Tour Da Country helps raise awareness about bicycle safety in Aboriginal communities and is welcomed in the areas the tour visits.