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What a week it’s been in politics. Welcome to the Hon. Bill Marmion, who was appointed Minister for Transport – we look forward to working with you. The State election is quickly approaching with a date to soon be announced for March 2017. We are in the process of formulating our election policy to ensure cycling and bike riding remain in the conversation for both sides of government – watch this space.

We are also excited to receive news that WestCycle has just been awarded a grant from the Road Safety Commission to ensure the delivery of a Code of Conduct. This is a massive step forward in ensuring that all road users are educated about safely sharing our roads. There has been a lot of tension built up in the media between cyclists and drivers and the guide will be a key tool in explaining how bike riders and motorists can interact with one another to ensure everyone arrives home safely. The result will be a series of practical guides covering tips for cyclists and drivers whilst reinforcing key messages: Be Safe; Be Predictable; Be Courteous. We are now progressing to the design stage and hope to release the guide shortly.

As mentioned in our news last month, the State Government announced a $2.5 million investment to upgrade the Perth SpeedDome, with Western Australia’s only indoor velodrome to receive a full track resurface and a new roof. The project team met last week to kick off the development and discussed timelines and agendas for the coming months.

The upgrade ensures our high performing athletes who have their eye on or are competing in State and National Championships and club users alike, have a top grade facility to train on. As part of WestCycle’s High Performance Strategy and WA Facilities Review due to be released in the coming weeks, we outline key areas for improvement to further develop the facilities offered to Western Australian Cyclists. We have amazing young athletes in the State and upgrading our facilities is key to ensure they have the best opportunities to move to National Championships and beyond.

Now the weather is warming up there is no better time than to enjoy our wonderful State on the bike.

Happy Riding

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO