Grants totalling $1.9m have been handed out to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Victoria, Australia.

The latest round of Transport Accident Commission (TAC) grants has seen 40 Victorian councils handed awards of up to $30,000 to create new paths, pedestrian crossings, trails and bike lanes.

Launched in 2012, the program encourages councils to work closely with their local communities to develop solutions to address safety issues.

Successful projects in 2020 include:

  • Surf Coast Shire Council – $100,000 for pedestrian safety improvements in the Torquay town centre
  • Melton City Council – $100,000 for improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and amenities in Caroline Springs
  • City of Casey – $78,000 for a raised pedestrian crossing with flashing lights in Berwick
  • Moreland City Council – $30,000 for 30km/h speed limit trials evaluation framework
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – $30,000 for safe system pedestrian and cyclist treatment development – site study
  • Wyndham City Council – $28,000 for school zones safe travel analysis

“Supporting our most vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is a focus of many of these projects and the grants provide an opportunity to use low cost infrastructure solutions to help protect them,” said TAC CEO Joe Calafiore.