02 August 2017 – The Department of Transport has released an update of the status of the ten transport portfolio actions outlined in the Office of the Auditor General Report into cycling. You can download a copy of the report HERE.
14 October 2015 – In a report released today the Auditor General Colin Murphy found that while government has gradually improved cycling infrastructure in the Perth metropolitan area, better planning, sustained funding and cooperation of local government authorities was needed to complete a safe and viable cycle network.
Bicycling Western Australia provided extensive background information and feedback as part of the Safe and Viable Cycling in the Perth Metropolitan Area performance audit report. We welcome the report and consider it an opportunity for the various arms of government and the advocacy sector to work closely together to improve the outcomes for the bike riding population.
- Sections of the arterial cycle network along major transport routes within 15 km of the Perth CBD are incomplete.
- Transport agencies have invested $143 million in cycling infrastructure since 2004, of which $100 million was spent on the PSP network but only $20.3 million was spent on priority routes.
- Local cycling routes to connect with the PSP network, community facilities and employment centres have historically not been well planned, and vary in design and construction.
- There is a lack of comprehensive knowledge and public reporting about where people are cycling.
- The Government’s transport planning framework is not finalised. Until this strategic planning is complete investments in cycling will be made in isolation of other transport options.
- Investment to promote cyclist safety has mostly been minimal and sporadic. Without measures to improve awareness, achieving mutual respect among road users will be difficult.
In the next six months:
Department of Transport (DoT) should prepare and publish a Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan implementation schedule with funding requirements, and a progress report on WABN Plan actions.
In the next 12 months:
DoT should implement an improved strategy to collect, monitor and analyse data on cycling participation to inform planning and safety.
In the next two years:
- DoT should identify demand for transport options to inform and finalise a transport planning framework for Perth, which integrates all forms of transport.
- DoT should progress the review and development of Local Bicycle Routes with Local Government Authorities (LGAs).
- Government should consider developing a central cycling crash and hazard reporting facility
- DoT and Road Safety Commission (RSC) should work together to develop public awareness strategies to target safe cycling and mutual respect among all road users.
In the next five years:
DoT and Main Roads should support and promote existing and new cycling infrastructure, including innovations trialled by LGAs, to improve participation in cycling.
BWA fully supports the findings and recommendation of the Auditor General’s Performance Audit. We firmly believe that a whole-of-government approach is required to ensure the various elements (planning, infrastructure, education, health, local government, road safety etc) that can make cycling more accessible and safer are working together.
View the Channel 9’s Today Show segment on the Cycling Report HERE>>