This year’s TravelSMART grants (for up to $5000) close at 5pm this Friday 23 March 2012.
The grants provides funding to workplaces for small scale projects that reduce car use and/or get more people walking, cycling or using public transport. Bicycle SA can provide a range of services that support grant applications including cycling and maintenance sessions, bike fleets and bike parking facilities.
Please have a look at the following link if interested http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/communityprograms/community_grants.
Two examples of recent successful applications include:-
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre ($5000)
Project brief: To create healthier lifestyles at work, staff and volunteers of the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre will be encouraged to replace their drive to work with a cycle commute. Participants will receive bike safety education, journey planning tools and bike parking and end of trip storage lockers.
YWCA of Adelaide ($3490)
Cycle More to Meetings Project. Staff will be encouraged to cycle to city based or near city meetings, through purchasing two work bikes and accessories, and receiving training in bicycle maintenance.
Thanks to Sam Drummond of Bicycle SA for this information.
I am currently putting together an application on behalf on my son's school, Trinity Gardens Primary School.
TGPS already has a good number of kids walking and cycling to school, due to its location. However, me and some other mums want to look at what can be done to reach the next 10% of parents who are able to have their children walk/ride in a practical sense, but do not actually make it happen. We figured that the number one barrier for this section of the school parent community is concerns about safety. This can be addressed by education (via the Bike SA team, I hope!); working with the Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council to ensure the infrastructure for walking and cycling is in place; getting the school signed up for the DPTI Way2Go program that teaches about active transport for school kids; having whole school events like Ride2School day being supplemented by breakfasts and also, some bike maintenance education, for the bigger kids (yr 6 and 7), and for the parent community who have their kids bikes languishing in garages at home for want of a puncture repair or dodgy brakes being adjusted!
I'll let you all know how we go....
Has the community bike workshop put in an application? 5 g's will buy a lot of helpful stuff. They surely are doing there bit to encourage commuting.
Gordon, I emailed Mike Brisco in Jul-2012.
I posted it on AC on 13-Feb-2012
Hey guys - there is another round of grants open! These are now open to a wider audience (yay!) and can support more than just cycling (also yay!) a few more details below:
The Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), is offering community grants for safer, greener and more active travel. The grants are for groups and organisations, not just workplaces, to deliver small scale projects that promote safer, greener and more active travel choices. In addition to getting people cycling, projects can focus on improving road safety, walking or catching public transport, replacing car journeys with technology, doing things locally or using the car smarter.
Get onto it!!! Applications close on September 7th :)
Hmm, I like it! Might have to have another think about this! Cheers Sam!
pleasure babe - just make sure you check out the new link, as it's changed a little since the last round :) And honestly - sing out if you have any questions or want us to provide feedback BEFORE it is assessed. We love helping! Previously we have had plenty of great ideas thrown in our direction that (for a small reason) were ineligible! We are keen to support a range of projects - just need to make sure they represent a win:win....
I posted on 31-Jul-2012 with title 'Community grants for safer, greener and more active travel' at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/community-grants-for-s...
Y'know, the research from the UK is suggesting that all of this investment in 'encouraging cycling' is a bit of a wasted of money! I'm referring to the UK's 'Cycling Cultures' study which looked carefully at why people in specific communities do and do not ride their bikes. Basically it comes down to infrastructure. Not necessarily the existence (or otherwise) of 'bike infrastructure', but simply the characteristics of the existing cycling environment - static stuff like roads, surfaces etc and the dynamic stuff like traffic density and speeds and how well the physical environment copes with it all. These studies demonstrate that it's the concoction of 'infrastructure' variables that - at a population level - determine whether we have a cycling culture or not! I'm now exceedingly skeptical of the so-called promises of programmes such as TravelSmart and other 'social marketing' activities and essentially see them as a waste of money that perpetuates the cycling status quo. I guess I'd want to see the evidence that the 'Cycling Cultures' info is wrong...
Sam, more than one study where the main reason given for not cycling is 'unsafe'. This reason was even included in 'Safety in Numbers: A cycling strategy for SA 2006-2011'. The obvious solution is good cycling infrastructure, like in The Netherlands. However, one Australian govt after another releases policies to 'double cycling by ___' (add the year depending on govt), without installing the obviously necessary infrastructure. Trying to do it on the cheap, without ostracising voting motorists?
Can you provide a link to the UK Cycling Culture?