Bass Coast,

Youth road safety feature for Gippsland


Two of Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee’s programs were recently featured at the inaugural Gippsland Road Safety Forum: Towards Zero Together.

The forum, held on Thursday, 24 September, was a showcase of community-led initiatives that have significantly reduced collision rates in the region

The Bass Coast programs, Safe to School and Bike Education, target young road users.

Safe to School aims to improve the road safety of children travelling to and from primary schools in Bass Coast by:

  • Raising student and parent awareness about safe road practices

  • Encouraging more students to walk or ride to school

  • Reducing the volume of traffic flow around schools and the likelihood of an incident

  • Reducing poor driver behaviour in school zones

To date, six local schools have participated or are currently in the program. They are Cowes, San Remo, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Wonthaggi North and Newhaven primary schools.

“A key to the success of this program is the partnership between Bass Coast Shire Council, agencies such as Victoria Police and VicRoads and local schools, including teachers, students, parents and the broader community,” Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said.

“The long-running Bike Education program looks at supporting Bike Ed in schools by funding local teachers, police and community members to attend instructor and refresher courses.

“The funds also ensure the maintenance and repair of Bike Ed bikes.”

Both programs aim to provide students with life skills in road safety and support active travel for health and well-being

As well as the two programs highlighted above, the Road Safety Committee has also been funded in 2015-2016 to carry out a research project to analyse crash data to understand the cause and location of young driver crashes in the municipality.

The Bass Coast Programs are funded under the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program and VicRoads.