Bike plan lacks vision, funding and integration with land use planning

Hon Lynn MacLaren, the WA Greens transport spokesperson welcomed the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan, released today, but criticised it for its lack of vision, funding, and integration with the Government’s Directions 2031 plan.

“It will take more than this plan to address the Government’s legacy of neglect when it comes to funding cycling infrastructure,” said Ms MacLaren.

"Perth is one of the most car dependent cities in the world, with 82 per cent of trips taken by car and only 1.6 per cent by bicycle (1). This is a direct result of the Government’s failure to properly invest in cycling infrastructure.”“If the Government wants to deliver on the WABNP objective to increase cycle trips for transport purposes then it needs to set clear targets and divert funding away from road expansion and into sustainable transport modes.”

"The Perth Bicycle Network needs to properly connect with the activity centres identified in Directions 2031. It needs to align to schools, shops and train stations.”

“Half of all car trips taken in Perth cover short distances of less than 5km (2). These are trips that could easily be made by bicycle, but the Government needs to make roads safe for cyclists.”

"The Government needs to provide decent cycling infrastructure within a 5km radius of train stations. This will help tempt people out of their cars and ease the chronic parking problems we are currently seeing around train stations.”

“There are so many great reasons to cycle. Cycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, is good for our health and saves us money. Barriers to cycling, like lack of safe routes, can and must be addressed to encourage more people to ride.”

“The Australian Greens negotiated a one off funding package worth $40m for cycling infrastructure as part of the federal stimulus package. Our federal budget submission proposes a modest $80 million annual spend”, said Australian Greens spokesperson for Transport Scott Ludlam.

"We intend for this to be used to attract matching funds from the states - which means Premier Barnett will need to give his lacklustre proposal some teeth," Senator Ludlam said.

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