Riders an inspiration
The Tour Da Country ride is a partnership between Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services to 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 2017 Red Dust Tour travelled from Walgett to Menindee, visiting Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar, Wilcannia and Broken Hill along the journey.
During the tour, the bicycle riders visited schools to talk about the importance of wearing a helmet and having it fitted correctly, and how the road rules help to saves lives.
As part of the road safety education campaign, more than 500 children received bicycle helmets featuring an Aboriginal artwork design. Aboriginal people are over-represented in road crashes in NSW and education campaigns are crucial to help close this gap.
The tour also raises awareness of healthy lifestyle choices in Aboriginal communities and promotes reconciliation among Australians.
It also brings together people from vastly different backgrounds and experiences, including Indigenous and non-indigenous team members, those with a lot of understanding and experiences of Indigenous culture, and those with little or none.