Today WA Labor announced their cycling commitments ahead of the 2017 State Election. The key takeaways are detailed below.
We know that the success of any bike network is that it is safe, connected and convenient. Incorporating the network with other transport solutions is therefore a smart and logical solution. Today’s announcement commits to every new METRONET station being cycle friendly. New stations will be connected by bike paths and have Lock N Ride bike shelters which will be monitored by CCTV.
$27 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE OVER 4 YEARS
The Auditor General’s report from October 2015 showed 48% of the Western Australian Bike Network (WABN) Plan as completed. An increase in funding is required to complete the WABN by 2031. The Labor commitment indicates:
- Increasing the funding of the Principal Shared Path Program to $20m per year by 2019/20
- Increasing grants programs to local councils to $14.66m over 4 years
- Continuing the Bike Boulevard / Active Streets program with $3m each year
MINIMUM PASSING DISTANCE
Labor has committed to a two year trial of Minimum Passing Distance laws.
CYCLE TOURISM IN REGIONAL AREAS
Cycling tourists spend double that of the average tourist. WA has a significant opportunity to capitalise on the diverse experiences we can offer cycling tourists. Mountain Biking is just one facet of the cycle tourism industry.
Seven hubs for Mountain Biking have already been identified in regional WA for this purpose:
- Margaret River
The return on investment and job creation out of these Mountain Biking hubs alone will be significant. It warrants an investment in cycle tourism to help support the economy’s growth,
WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT