Politicians and the BTA

The Convenor of the BTA, Steven McKiernan (centre) has the attention of the Minister for Transport, Troy Buswell

The Minister for Transport, Troy Buswell, is sharing a joke with Reece Waldock (Director General of the Department of Transport) and Heinrich Benz (no title).

The Perth Bicycle Network review would be done within months, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said today.

“There seems to be interest in getting one done,” Mr Buswell said at the end of the MPs and Mayors’ Bike Ride 2011 in Burswood Park.

The last review of the PBN was published 15 years ago in 1996.  It was due for a 10-year review five years ago in 2006.  The consultation process was done in 2007 but the review has not been published.

Mr Buswell said he had become a convert to the concept of cycling as transport in the short time that he had held the portfolio.

He also wanted to see more children cycling to school.

Planning Minister John Day was among the MPs on the ride, who came from all sides of politics, Liberal, Labor and the Greens.

The event was hosted by Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan, who said he was particularly interested in the Ride to School program because head teachers had reported that after the ride each year, more children rode bikes to school.

Mr Vaughan said it was his dream to see the centre of Perth free of cars and people using other transport to get to work.

The ride began at Parliament House and went along the shared path across the Narrows Bridge and around the South Perth foreshore, then on to the “Bicycles Only” path through Sir James Mitchell Park, back on to the shared path past McCallum Park, under the Causeway, along the riverside past the Burswood Entertainment Complex and golf course, under the Freeway bridge, past Belmont Race Course, on Victoria Park Drive, around the eastern side of the Burswood Complex to Burswood Park.

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