By Vesh Arumugam, File Photo
As WA’s iconic Bike Week 2019 is approaching, the Government announced that it has started developing blueprint for the future cycling infrastructure across Perth and Peel regions.
The aim of the project is to ensure that both tiers of government are working towards the delivery of an interconnected system providing multiple transport options, recreational opportunities, safety and support for tourism and commercial activity.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that constant improvement in the cycling network of WA is essential to encourage more locals to commute via bikes.
“While we have a good level of existing cycling infrastructure, we know that improving connections across local government boundaries is key to encouraging more people to ride their bikes,” she said.
The main focus is to fill the gaps on Perth’s major cycling routes, while Perth and Peel plan will be set attest how people want to get around in their bikes.
The Perth and Peel plan will feed into the wider planning for the Long-Term Cycle Network for WA, which is already underway.
Improved planning consistency across State and local governments was a key recommendation raised in the recent Parliamentary report, Further Along the Path, which examined how governments can facilitate better outcomes for cycling infrastructure.
McGowan government has invested $134 million in cycling over four years to ensure a seamless cycling experience in WA.
Thornlie MLA and cycling ambassador Chris Tallentire said that this project will help many commute better in their bikes across Perth.
“This project will result in a blueprint to ensure State and local governments work together towards the delivery of an integrated network that will provide further opportunities for those who want to ride for leisure or as part of their daily commute.
“Meanwhile, in the regions there will be a focus on supporting the growth plans of cities and towns, linking them together and with key tourism attractions such as trails and landmarks,” he said.
The consultation between State and local governments for the Perth and Peel cycling plan will take about two years to complete, while the regional components are being developed as part of the Regional 2050 Cycling Strategies project that is already underway.