We delight in providing expensive facilities for people driving cars. For instance parking at train stations.
The State Government has enough loose change to spend $50mio to build 3000 additional car parking bays near train stations at a cost of at least $16000 each. This does not include the land, which, next to a train station, should be used for apartment buildings. Normally this parking is free. We estimate that the total yearly cost of a parking lot (capital cost, maintenance, loss of opportunity) is about $4000 per year.
A person using public transport is subsidised at about $5.50 per boarding. Add the $10 per day for the free parking, and this person has just received a $20 gift.
If we want to get more people to use bicycles to go to work, we need to invest in infrastructure and road safety. WA is spending about $800mio on roads, $700mio on public transport. The cycling spend should be in proportion to the participation rate we want to achieve. If we want to get 5% of people to ride to work on a bicycle, we need to spend 5% of the above on cycling infrastructure.
That would be about $75mio per year. Not the $2-$3mio we are spending now.