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It has been an exciting and busy two weeks here at WestCycle. The Cape to Cape was held last weekend, putting WA Mountain Biking in the national spotlight. We are also busy preparing for our election cycling policy launch and the welcoming of warmer weather means there are lots of great events to come.

WA: Australia’s MTB Mecca

This years Cape to Cape has put Western Australia’s mountain biking scene on the map. With 1,300 riders participating in the ride, some came from as far as Alaska to compete. The event was a great success and injected a significant amount of tourists to the southwest region. We were lucky enough to have James Tobin from Channel 7’s Sunrise broadcasting all the action from the weekend to over 500,000 people Australia wide! We would like to thank The Cape to Cape team for all their hard work to put on such a fantastic event. Next year is the 10thanniversary of the event, with Cape to Cape 2017 promising to be the best yet. Join in the milestone celebrations with an epic four days of festivities and a whole new course. This is will be a must do event, check out their website as registrations are now open.

Join WestCycle at Tim’s Ride

Tim’s Ride is an annual event in memory of Tim Anderson. On the 8th of March 2012 Tim was tragically killed, whilst riding along Curtin Avenue in Cottesloe. Tim’s Ride not only remembers Tim but also brings the community together to improve cycling safety. Held on the 12th of November at sunset, it’s one of the most important road safety events in Western Australia with an emphasis on visibility of riders and interactions with vehicles. Offering two different routes (9km and 26km) it’s suitable for riders of all abilities and is not a race but a memorial ride to give time for conversation and contemplation. Join myself, the WestCycle Board, staff and WA cycling community and register today to remember Tim and help to improve cycling safety in WA.

Planning for Perth at 3.5 million

Transport 3.5 is the State Government’s vision for Perth’s future transport network. It is designed to keep our city moving as we grow and help Perth to continue to be one of the most liveable cities. As the peak body for cycling in WA, WestCycle has been working with our member organisations and stakeholders to be the voice for all WA cyclists. We have worked closely with our 34 member organisations, gathering their feedback on the Perth Transport Plan. We aim to benefit our members and the cycling community as a whole through our feedback. We have now completed the final submission to the Department of Transport on behalf of our members. Our feedback included:

  • Seeking clarification of how the delivery of the Plan will be funded.
  • Inclusion of an implementation plan with key performance indicators (KPIs), timeframes for delivery and project stages and priorities.
  • Greater links with sustainable planning policies that reduce the need to travel, such as facilitating Local Governments to encourage high density mixed use development in accessible and connected locations.

Ensuring cycling remains at the top of the agenda

Next week, I will be meeting with the Deputy Premier, Hon. Liza Harvey and Hon. Bill Marion – the recently appointed Minister for Transport.  I look forward to discussing the current and future safety of cyclists in Western Australia with the Ministers. We want cycling safety to be top of mind and on the agenda, especially coming into the 2017 State Election. We will also continue to work with both sides of government to ensure that cycling and bike riding remains in the conversation in the lead up to the election.  WestCycle will soon be launching its election policy recommendations, more on this in the next edition of Inside WestCycle.

Happy Riding

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO