State Government funding for Albany announced
13 December 2012 – The State Government announced today that $900,000 will be allocated to the City of Albany to assist in the design and construction of improved cycling infrastructure in the regional centre.
Bicycling Western Australia has been working with the City of Albany, Albany Bicycle Users Group, Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, Department of Transport and other stakeholders over the past six months to help secure this funding.
Read our media statement here.
Albany – Western Australia’s first cycle city?
Albany is ideally situated to take advantage of the burgeoning cycle tourism market.
The Mundi Biddi Trail terminates in Albany, the surrounding area offers a number of spectacular trails and off-road experiences and there are some good on-road facilities also. Albany is currently the only major regional city that contains accredited ‘cycle-friendly’ businesses.
Bicycling Western Australia’s response to the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan included a recommendation that regional funding be increased in Albany to enable it to become a ‘show-town’ to demonstrate how good cycling infrastructure in a regional centre can have a postitive impact on the community and the local economy.
It is pleasing to see that the City of Albany appears to be open to the idea of improving cycle infrastructure in both the CBD area and into the outlining districts.There have been some very positive discussions with the Department of Transport, Main Roads WA, government officials and the local council. A number of priority projects are currently being developed and cost estimates are being sort.
This push for improved infrastructure is being led by the Albany Bicycle Users Group (ABUG) and its committed members including President, Murray Gomm. If you would like to know more and want to find out ways you can assist the ABUG please contact Murray on 0431 846 412.