Great Community Transport and the Blue Datto Foundation have received a total of $10,000 from the state government to help boost local road safety.
As part of the funding, Great Community Transport will receive $5,000 for its Bikes on Buses program to remind motorists about the minimum one metre passing distance rule for bicycles.
The Blue Datto Foundation will also receive $5,000 for its Penrith Community Keeping Safe program, which aims to improve the attitudes and behaviour of youth drivers.
The grants were part of a total of 22 projects to receive over $268,000 under the second instalment of funding under round three of the state government’s Community Road Safety Grants Program.
Centre for Road Safety executived director Bernard Carlon said all local people had a role to play in making Penrith’s roads safer.
“Last year 380 people lost their lives on our roads and every year more than 12,000 people are seriously injured,” he said. “These are not just numbers, they are real people lost to their families, friends and communities forever or seriously injured with potentially lifelong impacts.
“These grants are a great way for everyone to think about how they can contribute to improving road safety in their everyday lives and in their local communities.”
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said local knowledge was necessary to make the region’s roads safer.
“We all know the value of local knowledge and our communities have specific road safety issues that can be best addressed through local initiatives,” said in a statement.
Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said the grants were designed to give a helping hand to local community groups working to spread the road safety message and encourage people to be safer road users.
“This round of the Community Road Safety Grants program has been a highly competitive round and it’s great to see that these two local organisations were successful,” she said.
More information about the grants is available at: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au