At the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference, held in Perth we invited students and interested members of the public to take a fresh look at some of the most complex issues in road safety.

In 2017, the competition brief was to create a video that helps stamp out ‘car dooring’.


The Amy Gillett Foundation is committed to creating a safe cycling environment in Australia. Keeping cyclists safe from ‘car dooring’ requires a safe space for cyclists to ride that involves a Safe System approach:

Safe roads – bike lanes that are away from opening car doors

Safe people – safe driver and passenger behaviour and safe cycling behaviour

Safe vehicles – Anti-dooring vehicle technology and safe bicycles with working brakes and lights at low times

Safe speeds – cyclists travelling at speeds that allow them to stop to avoid a car door and safe vehicle speeds to reduce the crash risk if a cyclist does need to swerve

The Issue: Car Dooring

Car doors are a common and real hazard on the road for cyclists.

In Melbourne alone, a cyclist can have a car door open in front of them every second trip.

Sometimes, cyclists are able to avoid crashes by braking or swerving.

When they cannot, the result can be catastrophic, leading to serious and sometimes fatal outcomes.

Drivers and passengers do not intentionally ‘door’ cyclists, but it is a hazard that continues to occur far too frequently.


WATCH: Amy Gillett Foundation CEO, Phoebe Dunn launch the 2017 competition:

  • The approach you take is up to you.
  • Funny, serious, emotional, informative, you decide how to best tackle this serious issue
  • While it takes a lot of different kinds of work to create change and safer roads for cyclists, video is an important medium to raise awareness and contribute to behaviour change.
  • Your video clip could be used to add to broader efforts to help stamp out ‘car dooring’. It could have a real impact on the safety of cyclists.


  • Maximum length of video clip: 90 seconds
  • Teams of up to four people per team
  • Entrants: General public – open to everyone


  • Best Creative Entry and The People’s Choice winner receive a team trophy
  • All team members receive a winner’s certificate


  • All finalist videos are presented at the Australasian Road Safety Conference – 2018 will be held in Sydney
  • All finalist teams receive feedback from leading creative industry and road safety experts
  • All finalists videos are eligible for the People’s Choice award




At the Conference…


The 2017 Winners

 Best Creative Entry – ‘Reach’ by Irim Khan

People’s Choice Award – ‘Vlog Killers’ – Sa Li, Aditya Kumar, Charissa Tan & Pooja Kumar, students at Waikato University New Zealand


Congratulations to our three other finalists! 

Alex Veit - Untitled

Giulio Ponte – ‘There are times when you should open doors for cyclists’

Anonymous finalist


About The Safe Together Competition 

This competition promotes innovative ways of thinking about road safety issues. It brings together road safety experts and engaged communities, to start a new conversation.

2018 competition is open HERE