3. 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 on Saturday, 29 March 2014. The plan incorporates a review of its predecessor, the 1996 Perth Bicycle Network Plan, while also taking in regional cycling.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014
The WABN Plan released in 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
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.
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.
DELIVERING THE BASSENDEAN PSP: IN MORE DETAIL
Public feedback on the draft Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2012-2021 cited a lack of paths for people to cycle on as the most significant impediment to cycling. The State Government is committed to providing a widespread, connected and well-maintained Principal Shared Path (PSP) network and has allocated significant additional funding to this initiative.
The four major PSP projects programmed in 2014 were completed. The most recent is the 850m stretch of Principal Shared Path (PSP) from Bassendean Railway Station to Success Hill Railway Station, with an underpass at Lord Street Traffic Bridge.
The project was delivered on time, on budget and in time for the peak cycling season.
Member for the East Metropolitan Region Donna Farragher officially opened the three metre wide path on the 2 December 2014. It is complemented with signs, pavement markings and lighting. It provides a safer route for path users and is an alternative to using Railway Parade.
A small bridge has been constructed over the existing Wilson Street underpass and at the eastern end, the main alignment of the PSP continues under the Lord Street Bridge near Success Hill.
Retaining walls have also been installed from the Lord Street Bridge to Success Hill Station and a revegetation program will soon be underway.
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.
• Bicycling WA.
• Bicycle Transport Alliance.
• Munda Biddi Foundation.
• 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 in 2015.
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.
|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|
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.
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 the draft Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan (WABN) here.
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