The Victorian Government is offering grants to local governments to improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

This year’s TAC Local Government Grant Program has been launched and includes funding of up to $30,000 for developing Road Safety Strategies and Action Plans, and a further $30,000 for purchasing Variable Message Signs.

Analysis grants of up to $30,000 are available and infrastructure grants of up to $100,000, with a matched 1:1 contribution from the LGA, for projects that adopt Safe System principles to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The Safe System is a holistic approach to road safety that recognises different elements of the road environment must work together to keep everyone safe – these elements include roads and roadsides, vehicles, travel speeds, and road users.

Previous projects funded through the program include a raised pedestrian crossing (wombat crossing) in Warrnambool City Council and the development of concept plans for a cycling corridor in the City of Greater Dandenong.

“Victoria’s local councils are responsible for roads that are often used by cyclists and pedestrians and they are best-placed to identify what infrastructure is needed to keep them safe,” said Transport Accident Commission CEO Tracey Slatter.

“Improving road safety in Victoria is everyone’s responsibility and these grants will ensure we’re supporting local councils to improve in the overall health and mobility of their communities.”

The program will close at 3pm on Wednesday, 9 August.