Greens Welcome Bike Network Plan

Two years after releasing a draft for public comment, the Barnett Government has finally delivered on its promise for a Bike Network Plan, but it has gutted the funding required, the Greens say.

“The government’s recently released WA Bicycle Network Plan has picked up a lot of ideas from the Green’s Bike Vision, released last year. This includes the safe routes to schools and even a smartphone app to plan journeys and report faults,” says Lynn MacLaren Greens MLC.

“But delivering the plan will take much longer because funding was slashed from the original promise to around $12 million a year. This is back to where we were in 2012. It’s inadequate to deal with the current gaps in the network. It doesn’t even keep up with inflation or rising construction costs.

“This means that, funding-wise, the bicycle network may go backwards.

“This is an ambitious plan, but it will take too long or never be completed if serious funding is not committed now.

“Anyone living more than 15kms from the CBD will have to wait until 2023 to get a Principle Shared Path connection to the city.

“People are cycling those routes now and if we put in better infrastructure, even more people will use it.

“Some months ago I sought details on the Government response to bike accident blackspots that Senator Scott Ludlam’s purpose built iPhone app has helped identify.

“It is taking a long while to get answers to my parliamentary questions, but perhaps this is due to the sheer volume of reports from cyclists on the many holes in WA’s cycling infrastructure.”