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Free bike tours for asylum seeker clients

21 March 20140 comments

Bike tour picIMG_9594AMES asylum seeker clients are enjoying free bike tours of Melbourne’s city centre thanks to a partnership with Freddy’s Bike Tours.

The first of three groups of clients took to the streets and bike paths this week in a pilot initiative under the Meaningful Engagement Program.

The clients are being provided with bikes, helmets and a three hour tour of the city’s best sights.

Starting at Federation Square, the tours take in Richmond, the banks of the Yarra River and the Abbotsford Convent. Clients learn about the history and culture of Melbourne along the way.

Program coordinator Mary Foster said the trial was initiated when James Paterson, of Freddy’s Bike Tours, offered asylum seeker clients the opportunity to participate in his bike tours around Melbourne CBD for free.

“I thought it would be a great way for them to learn a little bit about the city they have moved to and also have a great time in town,” James said.

A client volunteer provided Persian language support.

Mary said it was hoped the program would continue to run once a week.

“A big thank you to James and Freddy’s Bike Tours,” she said.

“The program is at the trial stage and we have two more session planned on Monday the 24th and the 31st,” Mary said.

For more information on this story, contact Mary Foster.