Funding for the Ride2School program is looking more certain after Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding has requested the Road Safety Advisory Council continue their funding of the program into 2017.
The Bicycle Network has been seeking a funding commitment from the government for months to continue the program, after it was piloted in 2016.
“I have written to the chair of the RSAC (Road Safety Advisory Council) asking him to seek council members’ agreement to a one-year extension of funding through the Road Safety Levy funds to allow government to do further analysis of the program,” Mr Hidding said.
Bicycle Network Tasmanian advisor Garry Bailey was delighted at the news.
This is a great result for the long-term health of Tasmanians.Garry Bailey
“This is a great result for the long-term health of Tasmanians and it will be an important ingredient in the government's strategy to make us the healthiest state in the nation by 2025,” Mr Bailey said.
“The program certainly proved itself in the first year and we're confident we can significantly increase the number of primary students who are walking, riding, scooting or skating to school.”
Mr Bailey said this can play a big role in improving healthy outcomes and “can hopefully embed a lifetime's good habit”.