Labor Parliamentariens ride bicycles

Eric Ripper MLA with Janine Freeman MLA, Ken Travers MLC and Chris Tallentire MLA

(The BTA was able to catch up with this group at Hutton Street to talk about that dangerous location, and generally about funding towards infrastructure that encourages cycling. Liam Croy writes about it in the Stirling Times).

Aushiker comments here

The official press release follows:

THE Barnett Government must release the new Perth Bicycle Network Plan to improve cycling infrastructure, boost safety and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work and for leisure.

It is unacceptable a new bike plan had not been released despite October 12 marking the fourth Ride to Work Day since the Liberal-National Government was elected.

The Barnett Government has taken its foot off the pedal on the issue of cycling infrastructure in Western Australia.

New bike plans have been developed every decade since the 70s, but it has been 15 years since the last one and the Barnett Government still has not come up with a new plan.

The former Labor Government spent millions of dollars upgrading cycling infrastructure along the major radial spines of Perth and cyclists can now ride from Perth to Mandurah without having to cross any major roads.

Not only does cycling have many health and environmental benefits, it reduces the congestion on our roads and overcrowding on our trains.

By the Barnett Government stalling a new plan, more and more cyclists are being deterred from riding their bikes to work and for fun.

According to the RAC’s recent Cycle Survey of 2800 Western Australians, a staggering 91 per cent of respondents said they feared sharing the road with cars while cycling and 57 per cent of people rate Perth’s cycle network as average or below.

The survey results prove the Barnett Government does not see cycling as a high priority and has failed to invest in the city’s cycling network.

The Liberal National Government must work harder to restore cyclists’ faith in this healthy activity.


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