Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon joins Stephen McNally, Director of Cycul, one of the 15 groups set to receive funding from the Department for Infrastructure’s Road Safety Grant Scheme.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has allocated £85,000 for local road safety initiatives funded by the Department’s Road Safety (Safe Travel) Grant Scheme.
Minister Mallon said: “As I confirmed when I launched the consultation on the draft Road Safety Strategy to 2030, road safety is a priority for me and I am committed to doing all I can to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We all share the roads and we all share responsibility for road safety.
“I recognise the vital role the voluntary and community sector plays through delivery of community-led road safety initiatives. That is why I continue to support local groups and organisations to deliver local road safety initiatives through my Department’s Road Safety Grant Scheme. This funding enables powerful road safety messages to be delivered to the heart of communities addressing their specific road safety problems.
“I am delighted today, during Road Safety Week, to announce that 15 groups and organisations from across Northern Ireland have been successful in securing funding totalling £85,000. I look forward to seeing the difference these initiatives will make in raising awareness in local communities of safe road user behaviour and promoting safe active travel.”
The Minister continued:“Already this year 39 people have been killed on our roads and many families’ lives destroyed. Road safety impacts on us all and we all must make better choices and safer decisions on every journey. One road death is one too many.”
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon launched the 2021/22 Road Safety (Safe Travel) Grant Scheme on 22 September 2021.
The scheme offered individuals and community groups an opportunity to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to develop and deliver local road safety initiatives.
Local organisations which will benefit from funding are as follows:
Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon RSC - Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon area
The ABC Road Safety Committee Safe Travel project is about raising awareness of being seen whilst walking, jogging, or cycling on roads, too often people get a free high vis vest and never wear this, they believe that it is important to have a conversation around this to get a strong message across about being safe and seen. They also plan to promote better Road safety to the Young Farmers clubs in this area, around tractor and car safety on the roads.
CYCUL - Craigavon area
The aim of the project is to map the “black paths”, produce a promotional web resource, create sharable GPS files, place the network on Google Street View and to hopefully increase the numbers of people using the Black Paths in the Craigavon area, for both leisure and utility purposes. Then to organise a group cycle for residents/business in the area to promote the Black Paths as an exemplar of an active travel network.
Healthy Kidz CIC - Co. Armagh
This road safety project will be focussed on supporting 15 primary schools to provide a road safety and physical activity programme for their pupils and their parents.
Healthy Kidz will specifically engage with young boys and girls aged 9-11 years. Each session, will be a combination of informational workshops, followed by physical activity-based sessions that will have Road Safety themes throughout.