Several local organisations have been successful in obtaining funding for local road safety initiatives funded by the Department’s Road Safety Grant Scheme.  The 2020/21 Road Safety (Safe Travel) Grant Scheme was launched 3 September 2020.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon allocated £87,000 for the scheme to help encourage safe road user behaviour.

Minister Mallon said “A key priority for me as Minister for Infrastructure is delivering on initiatives that help to improve wellbeing for everyone and encourage safe road user behaviour.  In September I launched the Road Safety Grant Scheme which aims to help to engage and empower individuals, communities and organisations to promote and practise good road safety behaviours and encourage participation in safe active travel.

“I am delighted today to announce that 14 groups and organisations have been successful in securing funding totalling £87,000. The grants will support a range of innovative initiatives which address local roads safety issues and enable active travel in a safe way.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and community involvement plays a vital role in helping raise awareness of how to stay safe on our roads.

“Already this year 54 people have been killed on our roads.  The only way to reduce fatalities on our roads is for everyone on the road to make better choices and safer decisions, on every journey.”

The Minister continued “I know that government can’t succeed on its own and I recognise the valuable role the voluntary and community sector plays in helping us work towards reducing death and injury on our roads. I look forward to seeing the difference these initiatives will make in supporting my Department to deliver powerful road safety messages to the heart of communities addressing their specific road safety problems.

“Collectively, as a community, we need to work towards zero road deaths. The efforts of the whole community will surely help in bringing us closer to this goal. After all, we all share the road, so we should all share the responsibility.”

Hi Viz Vests

Road Safe NI: Newry, Mourne & Down Committee were awarded £4,000 to distribute hi-vis vests to children in the district. Children are one of the most vulnerable road users and increased visibility of the children will help reduce the risk of being hit by a vehicle.  There is a great emphasis on encouraging children to walk, cycle or run if they are able to.

Road Safety Workshops

Ballinacraig Community Association Newry were awarded £3,858 to undertake road safety workshops in a local hall and working with the local community police and the charity ‘The Road Ahead’ to talk to the young ones of the area and hand out educational packs containing information which will increase road safety awareness in the immediate rural area.

Other recipients of funding:

New Driver Safety Ambassadors Ltd - Across Northern Ireland

The project aim is to provide online presentations to students in post 16 schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland. The presentation aims to teach them about all things motoring especially road safety and how it affects them, their friends and family in the event of a serious collision. Also to discuss alternatives to driving such as walking, cycling or public transport. To incentivise the students to watch all aspects of the presentation and sign the online pledge, there will be a chance of winning a new car with insurance. 

Cycling UK - Across Northern Ireland

The project looks to produce a short, interactive, online courses for drivers, to promote safe driving practices around people cycling. Specifically targeting close passing, car dooring and drivers understanding of cyclists road positioning. They will engage with employers throughout NI to promote the course with staff who drive for or as part of their work. The course will be accessible via mobile phone, tablet or computer, reinforcing the message of responsible driving and awareness of vulnerable road users.

Healthy Kidz CIC - Across Northern Ireland

The project aims to support 15 primary schools to provide a road safety programme for their pupils and their parents. They will provide each school with license to their Healthy Kidz app and dashboard.

The 12 week programme will use the app to track walking and cycling to and from school, challenge the pupils and parents with targets and awards, while also reinforcing key road safety messages and positive safety messages. The programme aims to reach 1500 children aged between 5-11 and their parents. A final report will be published with the result for the Department of Infrastructure.

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