Your participation can help to reduce our road toll

For five years the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge has supported theRYDA-Road Safety Education program and in 2016, we are excited to announce proceeds from the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge now support a broader suite of driver education programs in school across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions.

Students from grades 10, 11 and 12 will now benefit from your cycling efforts, with funds supporting the ‘Keys Please Vic Roads education program’ (year 10), the RYDA program (year 11) and Vic roads MukUpday program (year 12).

“Having a diverse range of programs in every secondary school in the region provides the best opportunity to promote safer driving and hopefully reduce the road toll.” Said Gavin Slavin, event director.

In addition to these programs, the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will support the L2P program which moves the education from the class room environment to the open road. It not only supports first time drivers through their first 120 hours of driving with a qualified mentor or parent until they are ready to sit their P plate license, but also educates parents / carers to become driving education mentors.

“These programs are an important step for the Bass Coast and South Gippsland regions, which can now boast to have dedicated education programs which support not only our children over three years but also educates parents … all aimed at reducing the road toll.”

ABOUT RYDA:

RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.

The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge is a charity event supporting supporting road safety education for local Bass Coast Shire Secondary Schools through RYDA-Road Safety Education program.

BCCC has enabled over 1000 students to participate in the RYDA program, a one day course delivering practical road safety information targeting attitude and awareness of young drivers and their passengers.

RYDA targets 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.

As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience braking at different speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival.

In one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the life and tragic death of and 18 year old provisional driver and her best friend.  And in another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-hand how one poor choice can change a life forever.

Students will:

– Identify risks of car travel (to young driver and passenger) including life-long consequences.
– Identify contributing factors to crashes and understand how these are preventable (crashes aren’t accidents).
– Identify what a low-risk driver/passenger is and compare to self (in relation to low-risk attributes).
– Investigate ways to manage and eliminate road risk by developing and rehearsing personal strategies.
– Prepare steps (safer driver and passenger behaviour change) to lower identified personal risks and be a socially responsible road user

“With many of our students affected by road trauma, it was such an important day in the broader context of their ‘life education’. The range of road safety themes covered for young drivers was impressive and the workshops were informative. It provided an important message at a key time in a young person’s life. It quite possibly might save a life!”
 

Principal

Wonthaggi Secondary College, VIC