Friday, 28 October 2016 – BWA welcomes the development and release of the draft Perth Transport Plan. Our submission on the Plan has focussed primarily on the cycling aspects of the Plan and the impact it will have on bike riding into the future. You can download a PDF version of our submission HERE.
Friday, 29 July 2016 – The State Government today released its bold vision for transport in Perth as the region grows to 3.5 million people by the year 2050. Bike riding features as a major part of the Perth Transport Plan with some exciting and aspirational cycling facilities including new river crossings, better cycling in the CBD and ongoing extension of the shared path network.
Transport @ 3.5 Million identifies a series of interconnected local routes, strategic routes, Principal Shared Paths (PSPs) and Recreational Shared Paths (RSPs) with the aim of providing high quality cycling links between our communities, work places, universities, schools, train stations, shops and tourist destinations.
“We welcome the Government’s forward-thinking approach to developing a plan that understands the transport needs of Perth and Peel as we continue to grow”, said Mr Murray, BWA CEO.
“We need to develop an integrated approach to transport planning that supports all modes of transport. This plan recognises the importance of bikes as an integral part of how we keep our city moving”, he said.
“As our population moves to 3.5 million there will be ever increasing pressure on our road and public transport networks. Cycling can immediately help reduce these pressures if we can encourage more people to ride a bike for transport”, Mr Murray stated.
Some key elements of the cycling component of the plan include:
NEW RIVER CROSSINGS
Several proposed new river crossings for cycling and walking will enable easier and safer movement of people and bikes. They will radically improve connectivity and substantially shorten journey times.
The highlight is the proposed ‘Three Points Bridge’ that will connect Dalkeith, Point Walter and Mosman Park and make a journey by bike to Fremantle less than 40 minutes long.
EXPANDING THE NETWORK
The Principal Shared Paths (PSPs) will remain the backbone of Perth’s cycling network with major gaps highlighted for completion and new connections created. PSPs alone are planned to grow from the current 172km to 850km by 2050. The Recreational Shared Paths (RSPs) are the connectors to the local communities and the plan works to ensure these facilities are well connected and complete. The aim is to provide high quality, safe and connected links between Perth’s various universities, schools, train stations, activity centres and tourist destinations.
MAKING THE CBD BIKE-FRIENDLY
The plan recognises that more needs to be done within the Perth CBD to make it bike-friendly so it can reach its potential of a great cycling city. As a result, much more investment is required.
FUNDING IS THE KEY
Transport @ 3.5 Million and the projects included in the plan are not currently supported by direct funding commitments or timeframes. BWA calls on the government to substantially increase its current level of funding to ensure the cycling projects can be carried out.
“The economic benefits of cycling infrastructure investment easily outstrip any other transport infrastructure project. The social, environmental and health benefits of increased cycling and physical activity is clear. It is simply great value for money”, said Mr Murray.
GET THE PLAN
You can download a copy of the plan (including the full Plan, summaries and FAQs) from the Department of Transport WEBSITE.
The Cycling Network Plan component of the Transport @ 3.5 Million can be downloaded directly HERE.