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Mountain bike planning nears completion

WestCycle is pleased that two key mountain bike planning projects are nearing completion, with public consultation on the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan set for August.

Prepared by WestCycle with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WAMBA, the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy will break new ground as the first statewide mountain bike-specific planning document.  It will underpin the sustainable development of all aspects of mountain biking, ensuring its continuing growth as one of the state’s leading activities.

A layer of regional masterplanning will sit under the Strategy.  This will identify and prioritise locations where high quality, sustainable trails could be developed.

Trail planning consultants Common Ground have been engaged by WestCycle to prepare the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan. Working under the direction of the project Steering Committee, this work is now also reaching its conclusion.

Building a detailed picture of mountain biking in the South West has been central to the development of the Master Plan.  Earlier this year riders were called on to complete a survey on their current preferences and future aspirations.  The response was excellent with over 750 riders from the South West and across the state taking part.

As part of the project, Common Ground has also met extensively with key stakeholders and decision-makers, including the local mountain bike clubs, landowners and land managers, local governments and organisations such as the South West Development Commission and Australia’s South West.

Together with site investigations, these discussions and the rider survey have enabled Common Ground to build an extremely comprehensive understanding of mountain biking in the South West.  By applying this knowledge, the Master Plan will guide where future mountain bike development could happen.

The level of work undertaken by Common Ground far exceeds the original requirements of the project.   The Steering Committee is pleased with the approach taken and is confident that the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan will be completed to the highest level.

Subject to funding, it is intended that masterplanning will next be undertaken in the Perth Metropolitan and Peel regions.  Opportunities for urban and downhill trails are likely to be a focus here.

Further details on the consultation for the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy and the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan will be announced shortly. 

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