The State Government and Bike SA will partner together to deliver an expanded Way2Go Bike Ed program in South Australia to educate children about bike safety and staying safe on our roads.
Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo said at the last election, a commitment was made to double the number of students participating in Way2Go Bike Ed and expand the program to more than 90 schools.
“The Government will invest $3.2 million in the program, which will see valuable bicycle training and education for thousands of primary school students,” Mr Piccolo said.
“I’m delighted that this partnership with Bike SA will mean thousands more children will develop responsible behaviours, attitudes and decision-making skills for the safe use of bicycles both on and off our roads.
“The expanded Way2Go Bike Ed program will include changes to benefit our children, schools and the broader community.
“It will provide a tailored cycling and road safety education, including more time for practical instruction and will be better at accommodating schools of varying sizes.
“Next year will also see the implementation of a new online teacher resource, linked to the Australian curriculum.”
Bike SA Chief Executive Officer Christian Haag said Bike SA is once again proud to be selected to deliver this first class bicycle education program on behalf of the government.
“As South Australia’s peak body for recreational and commuter cycling, Bike SA acknowledges the Government’s commitment to increase funding for this program which will see over 8,000 primary school children each year learning to ride to and from school by 2018.
“Each year, an additional team of four will be employed to account for the expanded program.”
The program has been conducted in South Australia since 1995. The new contract with Bike SA will commence in January 2016 and will run for four years.
More information about the Way2Go program can be found at: www.dpti.sa.gov.au/Way2Go.