September 2014 – Delegates from different transport industries around Australia visited The Netherlands to be a part of a cycling study tour guided by the Dutch Government. The tour was aimed to understand the variety of cycling examples that have led to cycling being embraced as a major transport mode with many social, health, economic and environmental benefits and how these initiatives can be applicable within Australia.
15 – 18 March 2015 – From the cycling study tour a workshop was held hosted by two Dutch experts that over 140 stakeholders attended from a range of backgrounds including Bicycling Western Australia. The aim of the workshop was to explore the Dutch approach for cycle planning and design to develop beyond current standards, guidelines and policies to improve safety and connectivity. The workshop had a focus on five key areas based on real examples:
- Local Roads
- Arterial Roads
- Connections to Schools
- Connection to rail stations and hospitals
Bicycling Western Australia contributed to the workshop and endorse the following actions:
- Consideration for new ways to deliver cycling education programs to children and adults
- Reviewing width requirements for the major shared cycle / pedestrian paths on the freeway and railway reserves and around the river
- Separation of bike riders and pedestrians in some locations
A significant amount of ideas were put forward throughout the workshop and an outcomes and action plan was developed. As the actions progressed, input and feedback was sought from the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan Implementation Reference Group.
18 June 2015 -The State Government today released a detailed report on the outcomes and actions from the Cycling Imagineering Workshop and revealed that a further $3 million had been allocated to see some of the actions implemented.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the one-day workshop provided the perfect opportunity for West Australian stakeholders to share knowledge, forge relationships and develop innovative ways to make WA a place where cycling is safe, connected and widely accepted.
Bicycling Western Australia welcomes the additional $3 million boost allocated for cycling projects. The commitment comes after April’s state budget announcement of $72.1 million for bicycle infrastructure and the renewal of cycling grants for local governments. The additional funding highlights the commitment from the State Government to make Perth a true cycling city.
Download a copy of the Cycling Imagineering Workshop Report HERE>>
View a copy of the Media Release issued by Bicycling Western Australia 18/06/2015: Cycling receives a $3million boost