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Amy Gillett Foundation Unveils Plans For Safer Roads
Foundation pledges to improve relationship between cyclists and motorists
On the first anniversary of the death of Australian cyclist Amy Gillett, the Foundation established in her name has pledged to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists on Australian roads.
Gillett, 29, was killed when a motorist collided with the Australian road
cycling team during a training ride in Germany on July 18th last
Gillett Foundation General Manager, Melinda Jacobsen said the current
relationship between cyclists and motorists was at boiling point.
an average of 35 bike riders are killed on the nation’s roads each year,
with 2,500 being seriously injured, the majority of these collisions involve
a motor vehicle.”
sides need to understand the perspective of the other so the road can be
shared harmoniously,” Ms Jacobsen said.
this end, the Foundation will tomorrow begin screening a television
commercial highlighting the issue.
Amy Gillett Foundation was established earlier this year by Amy’s family
in a bid to make sense of her tragic death.
well as assisting the other members of Amy’s team who were injured in the
accident, the Amy Gillett Foundation offers scholarships to aspiring female
Commission research into the commonalities between road accidents
Educate young cyclists with no driving experience about sharing the
Develop an education campaign targeting learner and probationary drivers.
petrol prices and an increasing focus on healthy living have seen a dramatic
rise in the number of regular cyclists taking to our roads,” Ms Jacobsen said,
she added "The Amy Gillett Foundation is about providing a new
perspective to both cyclists and motorists, rather than apportioning
Ms Jacobsen will join Amy’s family and fellow cyclists in Germany tomorrow where a memorial plaque will be laid at the accident scene
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