WestCycle responds to City of Perth draft Bike Plan 2025-2035

The City of Perth has published a draft Bike Plan that looks forward a decade to 2035. WestCycle has responded and urges people to do the same before Friday, 26 July.

The City of Perth is inviting people to give feedback (until 26 July) to its draft Bike Plan via a 5-minute survey. Take a minute to read the Bike Plan, have your say and influence how your city develops! It says it will finalise its Plan by year’s end and that, “your feedback will help shape the final plan.”

WestCycle has raised the following points with the City – feel free to adopt/adapt any of them in your own feedback, especially in the ‘free comment’ box at the end of the survey.

  • We welcome the Plan’s recognition that 30kph is the speed cities around the world are adopting for streets where people riding need to mix with people driving.
  • It would be great to see more detail about where the CoP plans to implement 30kph speed limits, outside of Hay and Murray Street. Ideally all streets identified as bike routes would drop to 30kph.
  • We are concerned that the Bike Plan apparently excludes many of the routes identified in the Long Term Cycle Network. This significantly reduces the opportunities for improving connections from some large employers (such as Royal Perth Hospital, Main Roads WA, the Road Safety Commission) in East Perth to high quality infrastructure like the Midland Train line Principle Shared Path and near-completed Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges.
  • “Well-lit riding routes and improved personal safety” was listed as one of the top five reasons survey respondents would ride more, yet lighting is not mentioned as a City of Perth action (only for Main Roads to include in its network upgrades, which we agree with). We recommend the City informs the development and upgrade of bike routes with gender-sensitive design principles, such as outlined in this toolkit from the ACT Government, to ensure any infrastructure is meeting the needs of all users.
  • The City should consider the use of modal filters to quickly and cheaply create the safe bike routes they’ve identified (for example, a mid-block barrier that permits through-travel by bike but only allows people to drive cars in and out of a street).   
  • We’d like to see the plan include safe places for people to lock up bikes (including e-bike charging stations) given high rates of bike and e-bike theft, to make it easier for people to commute to work when their employer doesn’t provide secure bike parking (e.g. retail and hospitality staff).
  • Finally, for the 10-year Bike Plan to be meaningful, it should include a detailed action plan with indicative costs to make it easy and safe for anyone to access Perth’s CBD and its surround by bike.

Find out more about WestCycle’s Active Transport Vision here.

The areas the City of Perth's Bike Plan covers.

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Tim Roach

Elected Director | Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair | Governance & Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).