Never before has cycling in Western Australia had a unified plan that presents a common way forward. A plan that everyone is a part of. But we do now!
‘Our Bike Path’ maps the course for the coordinated development and growth of cycling in WA.
It’s not a plan about any one cycling organisation, government agency or particular aspect of cycling. It’s a plan for all forms of cycling and for everyone associated with developing and supporting cycling in WA: our clubs, cycling organisations, government agencies, local councils, coaches, volunteers, and importantly, our riders.
It sets out the strategies and actions needed to grow cycling and make riding a bike a safer and more rewarding experience for all. Currently over 400,000 Western Australian’s regularly ride. We want to increase this figure to over 1 million by 2020.
We are now working to harness colloborative action across entire cycling community, industry and government to deliver on the plan.
We hope you join us for the ride.
The Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy is the first discipline-specific plan to emerge from Our Bike Path, WestCycle’s strategic framework for cycling.
Mountain biking is one of Western Australia’s fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities. With its diverse environments and outstanding scenery, the state has the potential to support a thriving mountain biking industry and grow into a world-class mountain bike destination.
The Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy provides a clear statewide approach to coordinating and developing mountain biking in Western Australia over the period 2015 – 2020.
The Strategy is a framework for decision-makers, landowners and land managers, communities and everyone else involved in mountain biking. It will ensure that Western Australia embraces sustainable mountain biking as a leading experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.
The Strategy was formally released in June 2015 and is the result of nearly three years work by WestCycle, WAMBA (West Australian Mountain Bike Association), the mountain bike community, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Sport and Recreation.
A consultation draft of the Strategy was released in October 2014 seeking public comments. Submissions were received from 35 organisations and individuals. All comments were reviewed and taken into account during the finalisation of the Strategy.
Now the Strategy has been finalised, we are working to involve the community, government and the corporate sector in its implementation. This is an extremely exciting phase and will lead to more trails on the ground, a vibrant mountain biking community and increased tourism opportunities across the regions.
The Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031 (WABN) was publically released by Transport Minister Dean Nalder on 29 March 2014.
The WABN Plan aims to make WA a place where cycling is safe, connected, and convenient and a widely accepted form of transport.
It caters for the expansion of Western Australia’s cycling facilities and growing cycling requirements over the next two decades and will provide a blueprint for metropolitan and regional cycling facilities to encourage and support bicycle trips.
This new plan incorporates a review of its predecessor, the 1996 Perth Bicycle Network Plan and has been developed as a result of feedback received during the review of the draft Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan.
Key recommendations of the WABN Plan include:
- Expansion of the PSP network
- A feasibility study for an end-of-trip facility in the CBD
- A connections to schools program
- A connections to rail/major bus stations program
- Review of traffic management on local roads
- Review of the local bicycle routes
- Development of an online journey planner
- Planning for cycling facilities in larger regional cities
- Formulation of a WABN Implementation Reference Group
- Biennial review of the Plan
You can download a copy of the WABN Plan here
Mountain biking is one of the worlds fastest growing recreational, sport and tourism activities and the South West of Western Australia is extremely well positioned to capitalise on this growth and the benefits it brings.
The Mountain Bike State Strategy launched earlier this year identified the requirement for regional based master planning. The South West Master Plan is the first of such plans to be released.
The vision of the plan is to enable the world-class development of an innovative, high quality and cohesive network of trails, which offer varied experiences and cater for the progression and diverse styles of riding while maintaining local character.
The implementation of the plan will see the South West developed into an international destination of choice for Mountain Bike tourism and provide significant opportunities to West Australians to experience world-class trails.
Western Australian Cycling’s High Performance Plan 2016 – 2020 will provide structure, investment, and accountability across all cycling disciplines in Western Australia. It will identify where investment is needed within cycling in order to provide a clear focus on obtaining successful outcomes at benchmark events.
While this plan focus is 2016 – 2020 some of the structure will have a long-term focus beyond 2020. We believe these targets will serve to provide a clear focus and a strategically consistent approach to operational decisions and investment. This plan covers the sport’s high performance vision, the current environment, the future focus and the resources necessary for us to deliver on our overaching goals and benchmark targets.
It is our vision that cycling at state level in Western Australia will significantly improve. This improvement will be measurde via the bench mark targets and KPI’s associated with the relevant state development environment.