Western Australia unveils nation leading transport plan
July 29, 2016
The Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) is excited by the long-term vision for cycling embodied in the Perth 3.5m (2050) Transport Plan launched today by WA Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Dean Nalder.
The plan for a safe and connected cycling network for the people of Perth caters for new and emerging technologies such as ebikes and is a key aspect of the 2050 transport plan.
‘This is probably the strongest political support we have ever seen from a State Government in a major state about the desirability of long term planning for bikes’ said the Cycling Promotion Fund’s Stephen Hodge.
‘The plan provides for sustainable transport options and addresses the needs for a population in the greater metro area which is expected to grow at least 50% in the next 35 years.’
‘While the big headlines will undoubtedly be created by the stunning design for the Three Points Bridge^, spanning 1.5km of the Swan River for cycling and walking, the really big improvements for mobility are embodied in the comprehensive planning for local and strategic cycling networks.
‘The Principal Shared Path Network alone is planned to grow from its current 172km to 850km by 2050.
‘Western Australia has made a major commitment with a 35-year network vision that recognises the economic value of increasing cycling for tourism, travel and the environment.
‘With economic benefits of cycling infrastructure easily outpacing other transport infrastructure investments, super-charging cycling for transport is great value in anyone’s language!’ said Hodge.
‘The release of this plan is also a strong statement nationally of the need for long term planning and investment in quality bicycle and transport infrastructure to meet the growing demands of our expanding cities.’
The Perth 3.5m (2050) Transport Plan can be accessed here: link
(image above: artist's impression of bridge, see page 20 of the plan for more details)