Our Vision for Transport Cycling in Western Australia
WestCycle’s vision is that everyone has the opportunity to use a bicycle (or tricycle, or any personal wheeled device that is largely self-propelled) for all or part of their everyday journeys in Western Australia’s towns and cities, and that everyone understands (like we do) that more people cycling as part of their everyday journeys is good for the whole community.
Our vision is built on the principles that:
Streets are for everyone, no matter their age, ability, gender or background.
Streets in our cities and towns should prioritise safe, healthy, accessible, quiet, low-cost, and low-pollution modes of transport, like bike riding.
With the right elements in place, cycling can be a regular mode of travel for most people’s daily journeys.
Transport Cycling Vision
Local streets prioritise the basic needs of all people and in doing so make it more attractive for everyone to walk, cycle and spend time on the streeti. This means that people using the street would find:
- The air is clean
- They feel relaxed
- There are things to see and do
- They feel safe
- People choose to walk and cycle
- The street isn’t too noisy
- There are places to stop and rest
- There is shade and shelter
- The street is easy to cross
- Everyone feels welcome.
When streets meet the above needs, everyone has the option of riding a bike.
On local streets, traffic travels at low speeds and there is a low volume of motorised traffic. Local streets prioritise people using active transport.
Homes, parks, shops, businesses, schools, health centres, day-care, and other services are all within easy cycling distance of each other. As a result, people have almost everything they need day-to-day close by.
A network of wide, comfortable paths physically separate people on bikes from people on foot, e-rideables and motorised traffic. Bicycle paths are wide enough for two people to comfortably ride next to each other and have a conversation. The network of paths makes it easy to travel from home to work, recreation, school and services, whether locally or longer distance. Bicycle paths are well lit and looked after, so they are always safe and pleasant to use.
For longer journeys, train and bus stations are always an easy bike ride away, so that everyone has a range of travel options available to them. Train and bus stations have secure bike parking available where taking a bike on public transport is either impossible or undesirable.
All journeys end with safe, secure bicycle parking, whether the journey is for shopping, out for dinner, or to work for the day. Parking is in well-lit, public locations close to major destinations, and accommodates a range of bicycles, cargo-bikes, electric bikes and tricycles. End-of-trip facilities are available for commuters. People living in accommodation with limited space can access publicly located bike parking that is protected from the weather in convenient, safe places.
The network of bicycle paths gives everyone easy access to nature in parks, reserves and beaches. Plantings of locally appropriate species along streets and paths support the flourishing of urban wildlife and provide shade and shelter.
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