Our Towards Safer Speeds Challenge provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 for road safety projects that can be delivered in a local community.
An extension of the Community Road Safety Grants program, the Towards Safer Speeds Challenge aims to boost community road safety in unique and community-focused ways, helping us on our path Towards Zero(External link).
The 2018/2019 focus
This year the key challenge as identified by VicRoads is safer speeds. Speed determines the outcome of every crash on Victoria's roads, and research shows small changes in speed can result in a significant reduction in road trauma. Speed includes travelling above the speed limit and travelling too fast for the road, weather and traffic conditions.
For our fragile bodies, even a small change in speed can mean the difference between life and death. This is especially true for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists and particularly children and older people.
Safer speeds reduces the impact forces in the event of a crash and therefore the crash severity. It also allows road users more time to observe and react to assess hazards and avoid a crash. We're also thinking about safer speed in terms of that which delivers additional health and social benefits such as greater community liveability and increased opportunities for social interaction and increased health and wellbeing.
How to be a change maker
As the eyes and ears of your community, you have valuable insight into the expectations your community has about road safety. You also have the ability to influence and lead a positive community conversation about safer speeds and its connection to reducing road trauma and creating vibrant communities.
We want you to:
- Identify a local traffic precinct (or precincts') or high speed rural road (or roads) that you feel is worthy of having its speed reduced
- Lead a project to drive a positive community conversation about safer speeds (i.e. why safe speed is important, what is safer speeds)
- Influence local opinion to reduce speeds and support a speed reduction exercise in an identified local traffic precinct or high speed rural road
At the conclusion of this program, we want to see communities that are more liveable, socially cohesive, environmentally friendly and understanding of the impact of speed, with a view to an area being traffic calmed and a proposal to reduce speed getting underway.
To be eligible for a Towards Safer Speeds Challenge grant you’ll need to speak to a VicRoads Community Road Safety Coordinator about the scope of your project. To be funded organisations must be:
- Incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporations Reform Act 2012 (Vic) and have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) (or have proof you have applied for one) that is not for a commercial entity or individuals
- A local government authority
- A school or university.