Amy Gillett Foundation takes out Australasia’s Premier Road Safety Award

by / Friday, 14 November 2014 / Published in Media release

Announced last night by Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) Patron, the Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, the work of the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) has been applauded at the highest level in the Australasian Road Safety sector by being awarded the prestigious 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award.

The theme for the 2014 Awards is linked to “Keeping People Safer through Innovative Best Practice”.

Open to any road safety practitioner from the public, private and community sectors across Australia and New Zealand the AGF’s Cycle Safe Communities program was judged as the best overall project or program with a focus on innovation, collaboration, community engagement and road safety outcomes.

Cycle Safe Communities, is an online resource housing proven, evidence-based awareness, educational and behaviour change campaign materials. Any public or private sector organisation or community group can deliver the campaigns into their jurisdiction as a Cycle Safe Communities partner, minimising new content development and production costs and maximising bike rider awareness and safety throughout their community or region.

Chief Executive Officer of the AGF, Tracey Gaudry was proud of what has been achieved through a two-year collaborative process “Each element of Cycle Safe Communities has been developed by our wonderful team in collaboration with the support and expertise support of government, road safety and transport industry partners.”

“The Cycle Safe Communities platform was created with the support of VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission. Each campaign is the result of significant collaborations including a metre matters (TOLL, Subaru, Europcar) Sharing Roads and Paths (a collaboration of 13 organisations including VicRoads, TAC, City of Melbourne, Bike Safe, Mornington Peninsula Shire) and It’s a Two-Way Street (Transport for NSW, endorsed by NRMA Motoring Services, Bicycle NSW, NSW Police).

“All campaigns are designed to improve harmony between all people when sharing roads and paths and improve safety for people riding bikes. Over 50 Governments, Councils, shires, media organisations, transport organisations, sport and recreation groups and local schools are now running Cycle Safe Communities campaigns, all are partners in bike rider safety.” Gaudry explained.

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