Your participation can help to reduce our road toll.
For nine years the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge has supported educating young road users through the RYDA-Road Safety Education programs.
Thanks to all who have ridden, 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.
“We support a diverse range of programs in every secondary school in the region, which provides the best opportunity to promote safer driving and hopefully reduce the road toll.” Said Gavin Slavin, event director.
Funds raised through this event support students from grades 10, 11 and 12 to take part in ‘Keys Please Vic Roads education program’ (year 10), the RYDA program (year 11) and Vic roads MukUpday program (year 12).
We also 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.”
“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!”
RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.
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.
To find out more visit: www.rse.org.au/programs/ryda/