Road safety is an issue that touches us all and thanks to all who have ridden in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge, around 2000 students from South Gippsland the Bass Coast regions have had access to intensive road safety education courses which work towards saving lives on our roads.
The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge (Saturday 9 November 2019, Inverloch) attracts hundreds of participants who come from all over Victoria to take part in one of the cornerstone rides (121km, 85km, 53km, 40km).
While riders get to experience one of the most scenic rides in Victoria, the broader benefits of the event are far reaching, with proceeds funding courses run in our local schools, which arm the next generation with life saving road safety knowledge.ENTER A RIDE NOW
RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety. As part of an interactive one-day excursion, 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. The most powerful moments come from crash survivors who take the time to tell their stories.
“To date we have had around 2000 students attend RYDA from eight local secondary schools in Wonthaggi, Phillip Island, Korumburra, Leongatha, Foster and Mirboo North.” Said co-event director Gavin Slavin.
Early education is an important initiative that has contributed to the number of young people killed in road crashes falling by 48% over the past decade.
“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.” Said Catherine Smith from Road Safety Education Limited.
Proceeds from the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will continue to support RYDA, in addition to a broader suite of driver education programs.
Students from years 10, 11 and 12 will benefit, 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 Slavin.
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.”
The Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will be held on Saturday 9 November 2019.