Queensland police officers running PCYC Logan, south of Brisbane, have started classes in rebuilding old bicycles bound for the dump as a way to help get some of the state’s youngest offenders back on the straight and narrow.
- PedalsUp is successfully changing attitudes and behaviour of youth offenders
- The program for kids aged 11-14 uses bike maintenance as a metaphor for life
- Participants who meet their goals get to keep a bike at the end
The PedalsUp program is the brainchild of Sergeant Mick Newell, an avid cyclist who also runs the Logan Police-Citizens Youth Club.
Over eight weeks, four to five young youths work alongside police officers to restore and refurbish recycled bicycles that have been seized by Logan police and…