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Response to WA Bicycle Network Plan

Westcycle has recommended additional funding, improved accountability measures and the inclusion of mode share targets as part of its formal response to the WA Bicycle Network Plan.

The draft WABNP 2012 – 2021 was released by the Department of Transport for public comment on 13 March 2012. Responses to the WABNP closed on 17 June.

While there are some encouraging initiatives in the draft plan such as:

  • The aim to increase the number of cycle trips to work, school and shops;
  • The inclusion of a connecting schools pilot program that aims to foster greater ridership to schools; and
  • The involvement of cycling advocacy groups in the WABNP Implementation Committee and working groups.

There are also a number of areas where the WABNP falls short.

Key amongst these is that the draft plan lacks a vision and accountability measures by which it can be evaluated to determine its success over time. The amount of funds allocated for the implementation of the plan is also grossly inadequate. The funding allocation does not address the chronic levels of under-funding for cycling infrastructure over the past decade and also does not take into account future cost escalations.

Westcycle commends the Bicycle Transport Alliance on the very important role they played in encouraging, facilitating and coordinating public feedback to the draft plan.

Westcycle’s full response to the WABNP can be found here.

 

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