Government announces Cyclabilities funding

Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury has announced $251,955 in funding across nine organisations as part of the ACT Government’s road safety grants program.

“The grants will be used to fund a range of community road safety projects including  training, education and awareness programs as well as a number of infrastructure projects to reduce the risk of accidents,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“I was really pleased that we received almost 40 applicants from a variety of community groups, research groups, schools and government agencies which made the task of selecting grant recipients very challenging.”

The funding for this community grants program comes directly from ACT motorists, with a $2.50 levy charged on all ACT motor vehicle registrations to fund the scheme.

“What we’ve really got here is a program funded by the ACT community to improve road safety for the ACT community.”

Mr Rattenbury said the Cyclabilities pilot scheme – which will provide a therapy-based program to develop cycling skills and improve road safety awareness for children with disabilities – and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate’s traffic control training program were good examples of this concept in action.

“The Cyclabilities pilot program will be the first program in the ACT that addresses and supports road safety and cycling for children with additional needs. It has great potential, and will make use of the Government’s learn to ride facilities, which are set to open next year,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate will work with community groups to develop a nationally accredited training program for undertaking traffic control at community events in the ACT.

“This will help to ensure that the right traffic arrangements are in place for events on public roads  such as cycling and fun runs.

“I would like to congratulate all of our grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the results of their work over the next 12 to 24 months.”

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