Update Report to National Cycling Strategy

The first implementation report of the National Cycling Strategy 2011 – 2016 has been released by the Australian Bicycle Council […]

The first implementation report of the National Cycling Strategy 2011 – 2016 has been released by the Australian Bicycle Council (ABC). The strategy was signed by the Transport Ministers of all states in 2010.

Some interesting snippets from the report:

–           about two thirds of five to nine year old children ride a bike in a typical week – but not to school, because that would be too dangerous. As kids get older, they ride less. Only a third of kids in the 10-17 age group ride in typical week.

–          WA performs above the Australian average in participation – 45% of West Australians have ridden in the last year, compared to 40% of all Austrlians (last month: 30% vs 27%, last week 22% (522000 people) vs 18%).

–          7% (159000 people) vs 6% in Australia have ridden their bicycle “for transport” in the last week. (Note that this is a different measurement from the one the Australian Bureau of Statistics is using – ABS measures the trips to work or full time study on a particular day, and expresses the result as a percentage of all trips during that day, i.e. ABS measures participation rates whilst ABC measures percentage of population)

–          With an expenditure of $6mio on cycling WA has the lowest per capita spending of all states – $2.53 per head in WA vs $4.00 Australian average, and the lowest amount spent on promotion ($97500)

–          Bike promotional activities by Local Governments have declined in every category between 2007 and 2011, but about two thirds of Local Governments have some form a cycling strategy or are in the process of reviewing/writing a strategy

–           The WABN is described as having “ targets consistent with the national strategy, a road map to achieving targets with actions, and a commitment to integrate cycling across portfolios”.

–           Australia invested a total of $82.9mio on cycling infrastructure – this is about 0.5% of the total Australian road related expenditure. WA is at the bottom with a $2.49 per capita infrastructure spend (Australia $3.73) (my feeling is that next year WA will be in a much improved position). A detailed list of WA projects is at the end of this post.

–           70% of people polled said they were not considering cycling for transport due to safety concerns

–           Shops and houses on cycle friendly streets command 4.9% higher rents




Western Australian Infrastructure Projects 2010-11
Federally Funded Projects


Canning PSP Welshpool Road to Lacey Street 4.1km Principal Shared Path. Funded by City of Canning and the Federal Government’s National Bike Path Program. The cycle path provides linkages between schools, the proposed multi-purpose recreation centre, a future library and the Canning Regional Centre.
Major State Funded Projects


Perth Principal Shared Path Network (PSP)
Perth to Midland PSP Path connection from Garratt Road to the Perth to Midland PSP. Works included reconfiguring the road and the pedestrian crossing, constructing a short section of path and including bicycle aspects on the crossings to allow riders to legally use them.
Perth to Fremantle PSP Shenton Road to Claremont Station – 0.5km of Principal Shared Path. Works included the construction of a 3.0m wide red asphalt path to fill the missing section of PSP through Claremont Station and the adjoining car park area.
Highway Facilities
Great Northern Highway: Lennard Street to Haddrill Road – 8.0km of bike lanes and 0.5km of shared path. Works included the widening of the existing carriageway to include bicycle lanes on a popular training route.
Reid Highway / Alexander Drive Grade Separation – 5.8km of bike lanes. Works included the construction of two new bridges on Reid Highway over Alexander Drive to improve efficiency and safety. On road bicycle facilities were provided on the bridges and the carriageways to allow riders to travel along the highway unimpeded.
Perth Bicycle Network (PBN)
City of Belmont Legal Signage Program, Brearley Avenue Shared Path, Epsom Avenue Shared Path, Francisco Street Shared Path, Belvidere Street Shared Path


Town of Cambridge Legal Signage Program, Jon Sanders Drive Shared Path, Pearson Street Shared Path, West Coast Highway Recreational Shared Path, St John of God Bicycle Parking


City of Canning Canning River Recreational Shared Path


Town of Claremont Lake Claremont Parkland Shared Path, The Cedus Park Bicycle Parking, John Mulder Park Bicycle Parking


City of Fremantle Parry Street Bicycle Lanes Beach Street to South Terrace, Mather Road Connector Shared Path


City of Gosnells Remarking bicycle lanes on Eudoria Street, Crandon Street, George Street and Eileen Street.


City of Joondalup Hepburn Avenue Shared Path, Joondalup CBD and Community Facilities Bicycle Parking


Shire of Mosman Park Victoria Street Shared Path and directional signage


City of Rockingham Patterson Road Shared Path, Council Avenue Shared Path


City of South Perth Sir James Mitchell Park Bicycle Parking


City of Stirling Various Minor Works and Scarborough Beach Bicycle Parking


Town of Victoria Park Hillview Terrace Bicycle Lanes, Legal Signage Program, G.O. Edwards Park Shared Path


Town of Vincent Stirling Street Bicycle Lanes, Charles Veryard Reserve Shared Path


City of Wanneroo Anchorage Drive Shared Path, Wanneroo Road Shared Path


Regional Bicycle Network (RBN)
Peel Including new shared paths in Boddington, Mandurah and South Yunderup.


Wheatbelt Including new shared paths in Dalwallinu, Goomalling, Kulin and Moora; and an upgraded path in Kalannie.


Southwest Including new shared paths in Bunbury, Collie, Dardanup, Harvey, Donnybrook; and an upgraded path in Bridgetown.


Pilbara Including a new shared path in Tom Price.


Mid West Including new shared paths in Geraldton, Dongara, Mount Magnet and Mullewa.


Kimberley Including a new shared path in Broome.


Goldfields-Esperance Including a new shared path in Kalgoorlie.


Great Southern Including new shared paths in Albany, Denmark and Bremer Bay.

$89, 280

Total project investment$4,517,901


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