Who we are
The Amy Gillett Foundation was established in 2005 following the death of Amy Gillett, who was killed by a driver on 18 July 2005 while she was cycling in Germany with the Australian women’s cycling team.
Amy’s husband, Simon Gillett, together with Amy’s parents Mary and Denis and friends, concerned at the state of safety on Australian roads, started the foundation in January 2006.
The Amy Gillett Foundation has evolved to become the leading cycling safety organisation in Australia, driven by a core mission to reduce the death and injury of cyclists.
What we do
The Amy Gillett Foundation works with all levels of government, road authorities, corporate, motoring, cycling and community safety organisations and the public to create a safer cyclists environment in Australia.
The singular and unique purpose of our organisation makes a difference. Many other organisations have cycling safety in their goals but this is our only goal.
We are fortunate to have strong involvement of road safety professionals such as researchers, academics, engineers and policy experts who provide their time to guide us, connecting sound science and research, so we propose better solutions. We use this information to recommend on public policy, legislation and resource allocation decisions and participate in public discussions, where there is the opportunity for improved road safety outcomes.
We have also led multiple initiatives directly to the public to improve safety, funded through donations, charity rides, corporate sponsorship and assistance.
Our Mission is for:
Safe cycling in Australia
Zero cyclist fatalities
As Australia’s leading cycling safety organisation, the Amy Gillett Foundation continues to promote actions to make cycling safer in Australia, such as:
- a metre matters laws across Australia, to make sure drivers pass cyclists safely
- safer vehicles and safer speeds
- investing in cycling infrastructure
- educating cyclists to respect and obey road laws and be safe and responsible road users
- teaching drivers how to share the road safely with bicycles, including during driver education.
Our Core Values
At the heart of the work of the Amy Gillett Foundation is that there is a human side to every collision statistic. The organisation was born out of the tragedy of Amy Gillett’s death and it connects us with the need to drive change.
Safety is paramount and sits above a love of riding bicycles, as sometimes the right words to make people safe might not be the same words that promote cycling.
Balance: the Amy Gillett Foundation looks for the causes behind collisions and uses that knowledge to drive its activity.
The Amy Gillett Foundation looks for the causes behind collisions and uses that knowledge to drive its activity.
The Amy Gillett Foundation is positive about the future and believes that road users can share the road in a more harmonious, mutually-respectful manner, safe together.
The Amy Gillett Foundation realises that the causes of collisions are multi-faceted and the solutions are too. We work together with road, safety and concerned organisations towards a shared goal of reducing death and injury on our roads.