SAFE TOGETHER – OUR WINTER eNEWS

by / Wednesday, 27 June 2018 / Published in News item
In our bumper winter edition of Safe Together:
  • AMM permanent law in NSW and soon in NT
  • It’s tax time! Important reasons to support us
  • Our 2018 Cycling Scholar – Ms Grace Brown
  • A metre matters ‘on the bus’ in NSW
  • Our own Dr Johnson appointed ACRS Co-VP
  • Wiggle mid-season sale – up to 60% off
  • New event supports Amy Gillett Foundation
  • UNSW offers cycling-specific PhDs
  • Our recent submissions to government
  • 2018 Share the Road Tour Launch
  • Amy’s Gravel Fondo now GravelNats National Championship
  • UniSA PhD student calls for research volunteers

AMM permanent law in NSW and soon in NT

The Amy Gillett Foundation is delighted that a metre matters rules are now permanent in New South Wales and that the Northern Territory has committed to introducing this important cycling safety initiative within two years. This means Victoria is now the only State or Territory yet to do so.

The Northern Territory’s commitment is included in its recent Towards Zero Action Plan.

Read our recent announcement here.

 

 


It’s tax time! Important reasons to support us

With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, please consider supporting the Amy Gillett Foundation with a tax deductible donation here.

Sadly, 22 cyclists have already lost their lives on Australian roads this year, and we need your help more than ever before.

Hear from long time Amy Gillett Foundation supporter and Board member about why your support matters read more...

 


Our 2018 Cycling Scholar – Ms Grace Brown

Camperdown’s Grace Brown has been selected as the thirteenth recipient of the Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship. Brown is an up and coming cyclist with Australian NRS team Holden Team Gusto and has achieved impressive results to date, including most recently Individual Time Trial Champion at the 2018 Oceania Continental Championships, second place in the 2018 Oceania Continental Road Race Championships and third place at the 2018 Australian Road National Championships.

With the assistance of Cycling Australia and Rochelle Gilmore (long-time Amy Gillett Foundation supporter and owner of the top ranked Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team), the 2018 Amy Gillett Cycling Scholar is currently training and racing in America and Europe with the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team.

This is an amazing opportunity and the Amy Gillett Foundation is thrilled to continue our Cycling Scholarship. Read our news release here.

SEE All our Cycling Scholars since 2006 here and Grace Brown in action here.


A metre matters ‘on the bus’ in NSW 

Following the introduction of permanent a metre matters legislation last month in NSW, the Amy Gillett Foundation recently attended a Transport NSW Driver Familiarisation Session at their Port Botany Bus Depot. We were joined by Bicycle NSW along with cyclists from community cycling group Bike East, who both pedalled in to participate.

Bus drivers were given the opportunity to see the road from the perspective of cyclists and to discuss their experiences of sharing roads.

Cyclists took the opportunity to sit in the bus driver’s seat getting a first-hand understanding of the sheer size of a bus, their blind spots, and the challenges faced when navigating our congested roads in a vehicle of that size.

Occasions like these are extremely valuable to share the message to look out for each other and ensure that everyone can get to their destination safely.

Thanks for this opportunity Transport NSW.


Our own Dr Johnson appointed ACRS Co-VP

Amy Gillett Foundation Research & Policy Manager, Dr Marilyn Johnson, has been appointed Co-Vice President of the Australasian College of Road Safety.


Source: ACRS Weekly Alert No.294 – 23 May, 2018



New event supports Amy Gillett Foundation

We’re delighted to be appointed the event charity for Challenge the Mountain multi-event in Rockhampton, which includes:

  • Ride up Mt Archer
  • Run up Mt Archer
  • Road 2 Rocky (30km, 54km or 108km)

Challenge the Mountain (CTM) is one of Queensland’s iconic mountain challenges for runners and cyclists and is an unrelenting five kilometre race at 10% gradient and it’s timed!

This event has immediately been added to our ‘must ride’ list in Queensland joining our other event on the Gold Coast in Tour de Valley.

Thanks for your support Rockhampton! Entries to all events are now open here.


UNSW offers cycling-specific PhDs


The University of New South Wales has two cycling safety and promotion research projects on offer through the 2019 UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.

This prestigious scheme offers $40K per year stipend, $10K per year for development/travel, and a range of career development opportunities.

Details of the scheme and how to apply here: https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/


Our recent submissions to government

Central to the Amy Gillett Foundation’s efforts to achieve necessary change is ensuring that cycling safety is given a voice before all levels of governments and parliamentary inquiries.

In the second quarter we have made the following submissions:

See all our submissions here

Closing the loop from submission to recommendation
Earlier this year we made a submission to the NSW Inquiry on heavy vehicle safety and the use of technology to improve road safety.

Recently the Inquiry published its report with many of our recommendations included in their considerations. Read more here…


2018 Share the Road Tour Launch

We launched our 2018 Share the Road Tour route at events in Melbourne and Sydney last month.

It’s another year with another challenging route where participants will pedal from Wodonga to Melbourne via the bumpy bits, with added variety not seen in previous editions (read: MTBs and an Epic Trail!).

Watch the 2018 Tour preview here.

Entries are open for this unique and important cycling event, like no other.  Don’t miss out!

Find out more: www.sharetheroadtour.org.au


Amy’s Gravel Fondo now ‘GravelNats’ National Championship

Our Gravel Fondo now incorporates the Australian National Gravel Championship (GravelNats), providing both a competitive option as well as a recreational option.With an exciting new course through the stunningly-scenic Otway Ranges, this timed 65km event will appeal to both the serious competitor and the recreational rider.

This year we are also excited to announce that we are holding our Gravel Fondo on Saturday 15 September – the day before our FamilyMedio and Gran Fondo events, so participants can enter multiple events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Add to this line up Amy’s Wall early on Saturday night plus NRS racing to watch on both days; we have a full ride calendar to make good use of your cycling weekend away!

Saturday 15 September (Lorne)

9:00am  Gravel Fondo
10:00am  Event Village opens
11:00am  Cyclocross
3:00pm  NRS Women’s Crit
4:00pm  NRS Men’s Crit
4:00pm  Event Village closes
5:30pm  Amy’s Wall

Sunday 16 September (Lorne)

7:00am  Event Village opens
7:30am  NRS Women’s Road Race
8:15am  NRS Men’s Road Race
8:30am  120km Gran Fondo Age Group
8:45am  120km Gran Fondo Rec Ride
9:00am  14km Family Fondo
10:45am  45km Medio Fondo (Apollo Bay)
4:00pm  Event Village closes, Lorne


UniSA PhD student calls for research volunteers

Live or work in South Australia? 

A UniSA PhD student is putting the call of out for participants – see below if you are interested.

(Please note that this research is not affiliated with the Amy Gillett Foundation in any way – we are just the messenger).

 



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