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12 December 2016

Perth and Peel Master Plan - now open for public consultation

WestCycle are pleased to announce that the Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

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The Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan will guide strategic investment to maximise the benefits that mountain biking can offer to the Perth and Peel regions. It provides an opportunity to create a series of diverse and sustainable mountain bike experiences that will foster community participation, strengthen stakeholder partnerships and provide tourism opportunities.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the draft plan outlined key objectives and priorities to guide the future development of mountain bike trails in the Perth and Peel regions including the potential delivery of 570km of purpose-built trails across 24 sites.

“Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing recreational pursuits and it is essential that we have an effective plan in place to maximise potential benefits for bike riders and the ecotourism sector, whilst protecting our diverse environment,” he said.

The Perth and Peel Master Plan is the second master plan to be developed out of the recommendations of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy. The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan was released in November 2015 and is on the cusp of becoming an international destination for mountain biking.

“The Perth and Peel Master Plan is the culmination of a significant amount of work that has gone into creating a strategic plan for the development of mountain biking in the Perth and Peel regions. This plan now gives a platform for discussions with landowners, stakeholders and the community to further advance mountain biking,” WestCycle CEO Matt Fulton said.

The Perth Peel Master Plan, along with the South West Master Plan, fits under the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy which lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the State as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.

Alex Wade, President of the West Australian Mountain Bike Association also acknowledges the massive amount of work that has gone into the Perth and Peel Master Plan. “This [work] is reflective of the attention our sport is getting by both State and local government. Once finalised it will herald an exciting new phase that will help guide and shape trail evolution across our region. We look forward to seeing the development of the master plan into the planning and creation of trails."

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the draft plan was the result of detailed assessment and consultation with key stakeholders and included a comprehensive review of the existing trails, infrastructure, events, tourism and commercial opportunities of mountain bike riding.

“It ensures that these trails will be highly accessible to most metropolitan population centres, providing riders with dedicated sustainable trails as an alternative to creating unsanctioned trails which create environmental, social and management issues,” she said.

The Master Plan has involved assessment of vast parcels of land in the project area, spanning from Waroona in the south to Yanchep in the north, for its potential for mountain biking development. A multi criteria analysis was used to review over 160 locations, and the plan proposes varying scales of developments at 24 individual locations.

The Master Plan was prepared by trails planning consultant Common Ground Trails, on behalf of WestCycle, with financial support from Lotterywest, Department of Parks and Wildlife and Department of Sport and Recreation.

Download the draft Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan.
To comment on the consultation draft, please click here

The draft Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan is open for comment until 5pm on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

31 August 2016

Take a Kid Mountain biking Day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day this October! This is an annual initiative by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, in WA WestCycle and WAMBA have partnered with Outdoors WA to celebrate #TKMBD throughout the whole month of October. To find an event near you, head over to Outdoors October http://www.outdoorsoctober.com.au/event-week-view/

Download your TKMBD poster

 

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04 August 2016

Perth Track Cycling Hub receives $2.5 million boost

Today the State Government announced a $2.5 million investment to upgrade the Perth Speed Dome, with Western Australia’s only indoor velodrome to receive a full track resurface and a new roof.

The SpeedDome is an important community resource and training venue for clubs, Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and elite athletes and has assisted in developing WA’s elite, including Melissa Hoskins and Sam Welsford who are over in Brazil ready for the Rio Olympics.

Both Sam and Melissa cut their teeth at the SpeedDome and are now proudly representing Australia, and Western Australia, at the highest level. Melissa and Sam are both competing on the track in the Team Pursuit.  They start their campaigns for gold on Thursday 11th August.

The venue seats 1,500 with facilities catering for 2,300 people and was opened in 1989 and hosted the 1997 UCI World Track Cycling Championships, but it's condition has been deteriorating. The injection of funding today will enable urgent repair and upgrade works to be undertaken.  This will ensure the SpeedDome continues to operate and host national and some international events. 

Cycle Sport Western Australia, Track Cycling WA and WAIS have helped track cycling grow rapidly in the last few years, with almost 30,000 people use the SpeedDome each year. Grass roots, junior and high performance development programs have produced Western Australian athletes who have secured multiple national and world track cycling titles.

WestCycle CEO, Matt Fulton welcomed the investment: “It’s fantastic to see the redevelopment of such an iconic WA Cycling asset. The facilities at the velodrome have fostered some of our state’s best athletes, and today’s investment will ensure future generations have the opportunity to put their best foot forward on the national and world stage”.  

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28 July 2016

PERTH & PEEL AT 3.5 MILLION

Today the State Government released the Perth and Peel 3.5 Million and Beyond Transport Plan, with a large emphasis on future cycling infrastructure.  

WestCycle Chief Executive Officer, Matt Fulton welcomed the launch: “The release of the Perth and Peel 3.5 Million and Beyond Transport Plan shows how far cycling has come in Western Australia.  This is an incredibly exciting time for people who already ride and this plan will encourage even more people to get on their bikes”. 

The plan is a huge win for cycling infrastructure in Western Australia. Perth and Peel at 3.5 Million identifies a series of interconnected local routes, strategic routes, Principal Shared Paths (PSPs) and Recreational Shared Paths (RSPs) with the aim of providing high quality, safe and connected links between Perth’s various universities, schools, train stations, activity centres and tourist destinations.

The three key highlights from the plan are:

1. Connecting and Completion of the PSP Network
Increasing of route density and creating a finer grained network will help make riding a bike more convenient, with better connected routes. Expansion of the local network in particular will help to fill in the gaps, making it safer and easier to ride from door-to-door and address first and last mile barriers. 


2. Transforming Perth's CBD to a bike friendly environment
In a big step forward, it has been recognised that the Perth CBD requires protected bike lanes. Acceptance that on-street parking and a reduction in traffic lanes may need to be replaced to accommodate this brings Perth's inner city design in line with that of global cities the likes of London, New York and Paris. 

3. New river crossings
Elements of the plan such as the proposed new river crossings have the potential to significantly impact behaviour and movement patterns. These crossings would radically improve connectivity and substantially shorten journey times, for example the Three Points Bridge will connect Elizabeth Quay to Fremantle with a journey time by bike of under 40 minutes. 

The Three Points Bridge is projected to span 8 meters in width, allowing for cycling and pedestrian movements to be fully separated. Viewing bulges will be provided over the Swan River to allow for users to stop and enjoy the view. This is an incredibly exciting time for bike riders in Perth, the proposed plans for new river crossings like the Three Points Bridge will connect Perth like never before, with connections from Chidley Point - Point Walter - Point Resolution. 


Read the full cycling plan here http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/projects/PROJ_P_Cycling_Network__Plan.pdf

07 April 2016

SAFE PASSING DISTANCE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

There has been a lot of media attention this week given to the implementation of Safe Passing Distance here in Western Australia. WestCycle, along with the vast majority of our Member organisations, have long been supporters of the introduction of Safe Passing Distance in Western Australia and we have been working in the background to try to achieve this change.

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