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Auditor General Seeks Input into New Bike Riding Audit of the Perth Metro Area

Community Cycling Survey 2021

Survey Closes 19 April 2021

In 2015, the Auditor General prepared a report into the Safe and Viable Cycling Perth Metro Area and since then the landscape has shifted considerably with record amount of funding allocated to cycling infrastructure and improved collaboration between government agencies.

With the surge in the popularity of bike riding in WA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a great opportunity to keep up with the demand to continually improve the quality and quantity of safe, convenient, and connected places to ride a bike in WA.

The Office of the Auditor General is now conducting another audit focusing on two key areas:

  • The Bicycle Network; and
  • State and local government actions to promote cycling as a safe and viable mode of transport

With particular focus on four local government areas:

  • City of Perth
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Bayswater
  • City of Kalamunda

If you have any feedback on the safety and suitability of the infrastructure in these areas in particular, please assist by providing your comments.

The survey includes up to 23 questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

The survey closes 4pm Monday 19 April 2021.

https://audit.wa.gov.au/auditing-in-wa/have-your-say

 

 

Summary of the 2015 Audit

2015 – Safe and Viable Cycling Perth Metro Area

In 2015, prepared a report that provided an assessment of whether there is suitable infrastructure and support to enable cycling to be a safe and viable mode of transport in the Perth metropolitan area.

Informing the report was a survey that over 2,800 people responded to.

The Auditor-General found that while government had gradually improved Perth’s cycling infrastructure, ‘better planning, sustained funding and cooperation of local government authorities was needed to complete a safe and viable cycle network.’

Auditor General made several recommendations aimed at

  • Improving the planning, funding, and progress reporting for cycling infrastructure projects;
  • Enhancing data collection and analysis on cycling participation, safety and hazard reporting; and
  • Developing public awareness strategies to target safe cycling and mutual respect among all road users; and
  • Support and promote existing and new cycling infrastructure to improve participation in cycling

2018 – Further Along the Path

In 2018, a report was submitted to the Public Accounts Committee that followed up the agencies response to Auditor General’s Report – Read the report here

Summary of the Agency Responses

The Transport Portfolio (Department of Transport, Main Roads WA, Public Transport Authority) response back on the Auditor-General’s Recommendations are summarised here

The Road Safety Commission also noted that they were aware of the shortcomings in sources of cyclist crash data and reporting. The Commission noted that it does not collect its own data, and thereby relies on the collection mechanisms of other agencies and the agency reported that it was working with other agencies to improve the quality of the data and subsequent analysis.

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