Speed Up the Hill Not on the Road
Imagine 2000 people from all walks of life, charging up the Summit of Arthurs Seat ,on the Mornington Peninsula , all because they care about the tragic over-representation of young drivers and their passengers on our roads.
The Arthurs Seat Challenge has a strong history as one of the most iconic community events on the Mornington Peninsula.
Held annually since 2000 the 6.7 km fun-run aims to promote the profile of Fit2Drive (F2D), and its innovative road safety workshop delivered to Year 11 students across Victoria.
The F2D Workshop teams year 11 students with trained university undergraduates in a half day workshop to help young local drivers and passengers stand up for themselves when faced with dangerous situations and to consider strategies to deal with road risk.
Originally established for schools in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, the F2D Year 11 Workshop is now delivered to over 220 Secondary Schools across Victoria.
The F2D program is run with the support of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Victoria Police, VicRoads, RACV and the State Department of Education and reaches some 25,000 young people annually. In Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula around 4000 young people take part annually.
For many young road users, this is the only opportunity to hear this message at a critical time and have a chance to respond. It is literally the chance to save lives.
The Arthurs Seat Challenge has wide-spread local community support that includes Mornington Peninsula Shire, Frankston City Council and BlueScope Steel Western Port, the inaugural and longest-serving sponsor. Mornington Peninsula News Group, Bendigo Bank Rye & Dromana, and Nicholas Lynch Real Estate are valued sponsors. Principals from local secondary schools are Trustees of the program, and members of the Sorrento SES, CFA Dromana and Mount Eliza Brigades and the Southern Peninsula Classic & Historic Car Club are some of the many valued team of race day volunteers.
Overtime, the community, through the combined action of the Fit to Drive Program and the Arthurs Seat Challenge, have successfully raised the profile of the importance of effective road safety education, helped to support the introduction of Victoria's Graduated Licensing System and improved the personal safety chances for young people in our community.
This year we invite you to 'speed up the hill' at the Arthurs Seat Challenge. Registration information will be available at www.arthursseatchallenge.com.au