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Westcycle, the new peak body for cycling in Western Australia, has launched its inaugural strategic plan.

“Westcycle is about bringing the WA cycling community together with a joint vision of a cohesive, successful, identifiable and thriving cycling community,” said Chief Executive Officer Clint Shaw.

The Strategic Plan will see Westcycle focus on 3 key areas: Leadership, Advocacy and Resources. These 3 areas were identified as priorities for Westcycle at a forum attended by cycling groups in November last year.

“One of our key initiatives will involve the development of a Statewide Strategic Plan for Cycling” said Mr Shaw. “This Plan will identify the programs, infrastructure, resources, structures, initiatives and events that we need to advance cycling in WA and make it a safer, more accessible and more rewarding experience for anyone who rides a bike.”

Other key initiatives will see Westcycle focus on increasing government and corporate investment for cycling initiatives and a strengthening of the advocacy voice for WA cyclists.

“We will speak up on the benefits of cycling and on issues ranging from cyclist safety, to infrastructure needs, to funding requirements and mountain bike trail access” said Mr Shaw.

An estimated 512,000 Western Australians ride a bike each week.