Mooney Valley City Council, Get On Ya Bike Program
What was the program?
The Mooney Valley City Council was awarded a grant of $14,117 by TAC to run a youth bicycle road safety program called Get On Ya Bike. The council developed the program to address local concerns about the safety of students on their travels to and from school.
The program targeted at school students aged 12-13 was delivered in schools in the Mooney Valley area. Fun and hands on activities were used to teach students road rules and provide them with road safety information particularly for riding or walking to school.
Why we supported Get On Ya Bike
Mooney Valley Council demonstrated the need for the program and how it would educate students to improve road safety outcomes and reduce road trauma
The program was community-focused, partnered with local community groups and organisations and addressed specific local road safety issues.
Four sessions of Get On Ya Bike were delivered at Essendon Keilor College.
Students improved their bike skills and were educated on things such as how to fit a helmet correctly, selecting the right bike size, using gears, safe signalling, head checks and riding safely with others.
Students have been able to apply these practical skills to be safe and more vigilant on their commute to and from school.
Gippsland Motorcycle Club, Mentoring Pilot Program
What was the program?
The Gippsland Motorcycle Club was awarded a grant of $28,850 by the TAC to pilot a mentor program to support newly licensed and returning riders to gain or improve their skills.
The program will deliver 100 mentoring sessions and be introduced to the wider motorcycling community. It will allow participants to improve road safety knowledge, while changing attitudes and behaviours towards riding on high risk motorcyclist routes across Gippsland.
Why we supported the Gippsland Motorcycle Club, Mentoring Pilot Program
In Gippsland 25% of all deaths and serious injuries involve motorcyclists and motorcyclist trauma is almost 50% higher than the state's average.
Despite significant investment in infrastructure treatments, riders are still failing to 'ride to conditions' and 'select appropriate speeds'.
The pilot program provides a great platform to promote safer speeds and riding behaviours, while enjoying motorcycle riding and learning new skills. This program is 'for riders, by riders'.
There was also strong community support for the program and aligned to the Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2020.
At the end of the program riders will be able to identify risks on the roads including other road users, be aware of safe speeds, have greater familiarisation with the motorcycle they ride, and will know the importance of being visible and how to avoid harm while riding.
The overall aim is to reduce rider fatalities and serious injuries in the Gippsland area.
For more information on the TAC Towards Zero Community Grants click here .