Protecting cyclists and pedestrians
More than 20 Victorian communities are set to receive funding for local road safety projects to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
The State Government will award 22 Victorian councils a share of $1.4 million through the TAC’s Annual Local Government Grant Program, improving road safety outcomes for vulnerable road users.
The program, launched in 2012, encourages councils to work closely with their local communities to develop solutions to address safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians, in projects aligned with the Victorian Road Safety Strategy (2021-2030).
Local governments were invited in April 2021 to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for projects that focus on delivering benefits to at-risk road users such as pedestrians and cyclists across Victoria.
TAC data shows that these groups accounted for almost 20 per cent of fatalities in the past five years, with 28 pedestrians and 11 cyclists killed in 2021 alone.
The TAC received an overwhelming response to the program, demonstrating a grassroots commitment to improving road safety throughout Victoria.
Thirty projects were selected, across an even spread of rural and regional, outer and inner metro local government areas.
Projects are split between two categories: 15 analysis projects, and 15 small-scale infrastructure projects.