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2014 Objectives

 

The human trauma costs of cycling in Australia are unacceptable. The way Australians are moving is changing and our system is not coping. Significant changes must be made to the cycling environment, along with behavioural change, if we are to safely double the number of people cycling.

 

By joining us for Amy's Share the Road Tour, you will have a unique opportunity to represent someone personally known to you who has been seriously injured or killed while riding their bike, or represent the family of someone who has lost a loved one while riding their bike.

 

By linking riders with impacted families, it will allow the life lost to be honoured but also help to realise a positive momentum shift in attitudes and awareness on our roads. Their personal stories will help to bring to life the reality around the trauma and impact that a single serious injury or death has had on these families and their broader communities.

 

Ian Hendey, the uncle of 21 year old Lewis Hendey who was struck and killed by a car in Tasmania late in 2013 will be taking part in the ride in 2014.  Ian is currently giving up two days a week of his time to work with the AGF directly to contact those impacted families to see if they too would like to be involved.

 

The fundraising target of the 2014 Amy’s Share the Road Tour is $250,000. By taking part in this fantastic cycling experience and fundraising through your social and business networks you will help the AGF to pursue the following objectives:

 

  • to refine and implement the recently launched NSW based mutual respect awareness campaign It's a two-way street nationally
  • to work with the Queensland Government and other stakeholders to maximise safety outcomes arising from the establishment of the two year minimum overtaking distance trial
  • to fund a Research Honours student to further AGF’s leading research in bike rider safety in partnership with leading research institutes
  • to deliver policy based campaigns nationally with awareness and education to affect behaviour change
  • to pursue one metre minimum passing distance legislation implemented nationally

 

For all the good work being done and despite life-saving improvements in road safety for other road users, it is not enough. Bike rider fatalities have not reduced in 10 years; tragically, 48 bike riders lost their lives in 2013 (thirteen more than the ten year average). 18 per cent of all people seriously injured on Australian roads are bike riders. This is while cycling participation has increased by 45 per cent since 2001.

 

This is what drives us for change. Everyone has the right to ride in safety for work and play.

 

The mission of the Amy Gillett Foundation is safer bike riding in Australia. Our vision is zero bike rider fatalities.