4. WESTERN AUSTRALIAN BICYCLE NETWORK PLAN (WABN)

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The Western Australia Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan (2014-2031) was released by the Minister for Transport in March 2014. The plan incorporates a review of its predecessor, the 1996 Perth Bicycle Network Plan, while also taking in regional cycling.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2016

Each year, the State government provides grant funding assistance to local government authorities for cycling infrastructure and the development of bike plans through the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants.

  • More than $3.5 million shared between 38 projects across 30 local governments

  • 15 kilometres of shared paths to be delivered over two years

The funding enables the further design and construction of a one kilometre-long, 2.5 metre-wide recreational shared path on West Swan Road, Henley Brook between Saunders Street and Gnangara Road. Planning and design funding has also been allocated for a shared path along Gnangara Road, Henley Brook between West Swan Road and Henley Brook Avenue by two kilometres to link with Ellenbrook.

 Other significant projects include:

  • a 1.4km extension of the Safety Bay Road shared path to complete the link to the Warnbro train station and cycling infrastructure along the coast

  • a 1.6km shared path along Bussell Highway in Bunbury between Washington Avenue and Centenary Road

  • a 900m shared path along Balmoral Road in Karratha between Tilbrook Close and Nickol Road

  • a 1.2km shared path connecting Jurien Bay District High School to key areas in Jurien Bay within the Shire of Dandaragan.

The State Government has allocated $75.1 million over four years to improve safety and bike network connectivity for West Australians including Principal Shared Path program, local government grants and the bike boulevards program.

  • $34.4 million for major cycling projects associated with road projects

  • $37.7 million for local government grants and principal shared paths

  • $3 million in 2015-16 for the demonstration 'bike boulevards' program

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015 / 2016

PRINCIPAL SHARED PATH EXPANSION PROGRAM

The expansion of the Principal Shared Path (PSP) network is a key recommendation of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan.

The priority PSPs up until 2023 will be within a 15 km radius of the Perth Central Business District with a particular emphasis along the freeway and railway corridors, due to high commuter demand. PSPs will be constructed along other routes as part of large infrastructure projects such as Gateway WA.

From 2023 to 2031 the focus will move to the areas beyond the 15 km radius of the Perth central area to provide greater connectivity for Strategic Activity Centres. Download the Expansion Program Map HERE>>

SAFE ACTIVE STREETS PROGRAM

In April 2016 Perth's first bicycle boulevard was approved, improving safety and bike network connectivity in Western Australia. A bike boulevard is, a low-speed street where cyclists have priority, along with local traffic. The $3 million Safe Active Streets program is a key outcome of the Cycling Imagineering Workshop held in March 2015.

The Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Joondalup, and Vincent are participating in the pilot project, working with State Government to develop locations that would best suit Bike Boulevards. The success of the pilot project is expected to encourage more local authorities to set up Bike Boulevards in their areas. Shakespeare Street in the City of Vincent is the first to implement the project which will provide an alternative to the Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Mitchell Freeway. The project has included extensive community consultation which began in November 2015.

WA BICYCLE NETWORK AND GRANTS

The Government of Western Australia provides local governments with sponsorship for cycling infrastructure and development through the Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

Perth Bicycle Network

The Perth Bicycle Network (PBN) is a series of cycling routes comprising of on-road, path and end-of-trip infrastructure. The Perth Bicycle Network Grants program is important in raising the profile of cycling at a local government level and in ensuring network infrastructure is complementary across local boundaries.

Regional Bicycle Network

The Regional Bicycle Network is a series of cycling routes comprising of on-road, path and end-of-trip infrastructure in regional Western Australia. The Regional Bicycle Network Grants program is important in raising the profile of cycling at a regional local government level and in ensuring regional network infrastructure meets the needs of cyclists.

Connecting Schools Grants Program

Connecting Schools is a grant program aimed at improving bicycle access and end-of-trip facilities for schools, as well as providing behaviour change initiatives to promote cycling. Increasing the number of students cycling to school has many positive benefits including health improvements, reduced congestion at school drop-off/pick-up times and encouraging the take-up of cycling as a viable transport option for other short trips.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014

The WABN Plan released on 29 March 2014 aims to make WA a place where cycling is safe, connected, and convenient and a widely accepted form of transport.

Since the plan was released, the following has been completed -

PRINCIPAL SHARED PATHS OPEN:

• Kwinana Freeway - Thelma Street to Narrows Bridge path upgrade
• Kwinana Freeway - sections of new path at Scandrett Way and London Way
• Mitchell Freeway - new path between Erindale Road and Balcatta Road
• Perth to Midland rail reserve – new path from Bassendean Station to Success Hill

GRANTS AWARDED:

Perth Bike Network (PBN) Grants -
In 2013/14 $1.3m was spent on 25 projects equalling 11.556km of shared path and 1.6km of on-road facilities.

In 2014-15 26 PBN Grants were awarded to the value of $1.488m

Regional Bicycle Network (RBN) Grants -
In 2013/14 $2.754m was spent on 54 projects equalling 24.6km of shared path and 3.5km of on road facilities.

In 2014-15 27 RBN grants were awarded totalling $1.38m.

The 2015/16 process was reviewed and has been changed to allow applicants to apply for two year grants and schools to directly apply for grants.

Connecting Schools Grants Program -
In 2013/14 $96,000 was spent on projects, including end of trip facilities and shared paths, to improve bicycle access and end of trip facilities for local schools.

In 2014/15 $589 185 was allocated to 14 Connecting Schools grants.


PLANNING PROGRESSED:

Connecting Stations
A pilot study to assess the adequacy of path access to train stations (Greenwood Station and Cockburn Central Station) was completed and a final report with findings has been prepared.

End of Trip (EOT) Facilities for Cyclists
An EOT facility inventory was completed for the Perth CBD. Development of an EOT Strategy for the Perth CBD and standards for Activity Centres is now underway.

CBD Transport Plan Cycling Projects
The design for the Barrack Street Bike Lanes, as part of the Elizabeth Quay development, was finalised. The design includes an innovative head start facility to be installed on Barrack Street at the intersection with The Esplanade. The tender for this work closed in October 2014 and the lanes will be constructed by mid-2015.

Counting and Monitoring Strategy
All working papers and a strategy were completed and six new permanent count sites were installed on the PSP network. Video survey technology was also trialled at three sites in the central city area.

Review of Traffic Management on Local Roads (LATM)
A workshop including stakeholders from the Transport Portfolio, professional bodies, local government and cycle advocacy groups was held in April 2014 to discuss roundabout treatments.

BEHIND THE SCENES - THE PEOPLE HELPING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

One of the WABN’s key recommendations was to form the WABN Implementation Reference Group (IRG).

Since 2012, this group has met every second month to discuss strategic issues and provide advice to DoT.

The group currently comprises the following agencies, organisations and groups:

• Department of Transport.
• Public Transport Authority.
• Main Roads WA.
• RAC.
• WALGA.
• IPWEA.
• AITPM.
• Bicycling Western Australia.
• Bicycle Transport Alliance.
• Munda Biddi Foundation.
• WestCycle.
• Over 55s Cycling Club.

The Reference Group has played an integral role in 2014’s achievements by providing strategic advice to the Department of Transport on implementing the WABN Plan and will continue to do so throughout the project.
 

29 March 2014 The Minister for Transport, Hon. Dean Nalder MLA, released the final version of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014 - 203, two years after the draft was issued for public consultation.

The WABN sets the strategic direction for Department of Transport and outlines a detailed schedule of projects in the coming years. BWA will continue to advocate for adequate funding to ensure the projects outlined in the plan can be delivered as promised.  We estimate the Plan needs around $30M - $40M per year over the life of the plan.

Read the full plan HERE.

12 August 2013 The recent State budget has revealed additional money for bikes - sort of.  In the short-term we are betteroff with allocations of $12.66M this year and $15.36M in 2014/15 but the money starts to dry up after that.  The table below summarises the budget allocations and forward estimates.

Funding type

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Principal Shared Paths

$8.66M

$12.69M

$3.66M

$3.66M

Perth Bike Network

$2M

$1.335M

$1.335M

$1.335M

Regional Bike Network

$2M

$1.335M

$1.335M

$1.335M

TOTAL

$12.66M

$15.36M

$6.33M

$6.33M

 

 

 

 

 

CBD Projects

$2M

$2M

$2M

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This level of funding to totally inadequate to carry out the projects as highlighted in the Plan with a estimated funding requirement of somewhere between $30 - $50M per year over the next 10 years.

We remain concerned that the final revised version of the WABN has not been released and we have communicated to the Department of Transport  the importance of issuing the final document and outlining the roll-out of the proposed projects so that Bicycling Western Australia can properly assess the impact of the budget decisions on outcome of the Plan.

We will continue to lobby the government to increase the level of funding especially as we approach 2015/2016 when funding all but dries up.

 

6 November 2012 - Bicycling Western Australia has been appointed to the Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan Implementation Reference Group. The Reference Group is a high level forum convened to discuss strategic issues relating to the WABN Plan and provides advice to the Department of Transport on the implementation of key recommendations in the Plan. The group is responsible for assisting with the introduction and implementation of the Plan within Western Australia. Download a copy of the Reference Group's Terms of Reference.
 

22 JUNE 2012 - Bicycling Western Australia has submitted a detailed response to the draft Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2012-2021.

Bicycling Western Australia's response addresses the Key Recommendations as presented in the Plan and outlines our position on these recommendations.

Additional comments have been provided in relation to important aspects of the document including the need to develop a true whole-of-government approach, funding and mainstreaming, project priorities and the make-up of the Principal Shared Path Network.

The feedback provided in this document is designed to offer advice and provide assistance in the preparation of the final WABN document and we thank the Department of Transport for enabling us to provide this input.

Download Bicycling Western Australia's detailed response.
Download the RAC's detailed response.

Download the draft Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan (WABN) here.

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KEY RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WABN PLAN INCLUDE:

  • Formulation of a WABN Implementation Reference Group

  • Biennial review of the Plan

  • Expansion of the PSP network

  • Funding increases to the PBN and RBN Grants programs

  • A feasibility study for an end-of-trip facility in the CBD

  • A connections to schools program

  • A connections to rail/major bus stations program

  • Review of traffic management on local roads

  • Review of the local bicycle routes

  • Development of an online journey planner

  • Planning for cycling facilities in larger regional cities


 

 

Download a copy of the final WABN Plan HERE.