Celebrating the Launch of Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy

WestCycle and WAMBA are delighted to celebrate the launch of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy.

Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy

Western Australia is the cycling capital of Australia with 23% of people riding a bike compared to a national average of 19%.  Mountain biking is one of the State’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities. Almost 120,000 mountain bikes are bought every year in WA alone.

The time is therefore right for a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia.  The State has the diverse environments and outstanding scenery to support a thriving mountain biking industry and grow into a world-class mountain bike destination.

“Western Australia is home to some iconic and extraordinary experiences and the Strategy shows how we can make mountain biking one of them,” says Matt Fulton, WestCycle CEO.

He said the Strategy is a significant document for mountain biking in WA and the result of nearly three years of work by WestCycle, WAMBA, the mountain bike community, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

“There has been a surge in mountain biking as a recreational activity in recent years.  With demand for mountain bike trails and suitable facilities exceeding supply in many areas, the Strategy identifies the gaps and provides a framework for us to fill them” said Louise Wallace, President of WAMBA.

According to WAMBA’s President, the Strategy will enable even more Western Australians and visitors to get riding, and provide a range of high quality and sustainable trails for new and existing mountain bikers to enjoy.

The Strategy identifies and targets five core objectives to deliver its vision:

  • Planning and Governance
  • Participation
  • Trails, Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Tourism and Marketing
  • Resourcing

Now that the Strategy has been finalised, we are moving to implement it.  This is an extremely exciting phase, as it will lead to more trails on the ground, stimulate the growth of a vibrant mountain biking community and increase tourism opportunities across the regions.

WAMBA advocates for partnerships between community groups, government, local business and the corporate sector to support the growth of mountain biking.

WestCycle calls on Western Australians to become involved in one of the State’s fastest growing activities. Ongoing funding and sustained focus will be required to fully realise the Strategy’s vision for mountain biking and the tremendous opportunities that are on our doorstep.

Download a copy of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy

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