2013 WA Elections

Our take on the offering from the parties


Liberals Greens Labor Nationals
WA Bike Network Plan (WABN) (Draft), Letter 14.1.13, Press release 2.3.2013  Bike Vision Letter 21.11.12, personal communications
Infrastructure –     How many km of Principal Shared Paths will you build-     How many km of Recreational and other Shared Paths will you build-     How many km of roads in the suburbs will be prioritised for cycling and walking-     How many km of routes to schools, shops and train station will you build

–     Will you legislate for End of Trip Facilities to be compulsory in new buildings in the CBD and in activity centres


–   Identifies 134.7 km of missing PSP’s,-   Pilot safe routes to schools  –    300 km PSP’s-    5800 km local protected safe routes to local destinations, schools and train stations-    120km Greenways In principle support for the WABN, but no funding for any of the WABN components
Safe cycling environment –     Do you support a 30kmh speed limit on selected urban and suburban roads to create a safer environment for kids riding to school, and for people to reach train stations and shops-     Will you support a direct cycling representative on the Road Safety Council-     Will you support a legalised safe passing distance of one meter when cars overtake bicycles-     Do you support the 40 recommendations from the OLA/RAC Cycling Safety Forum


–   Trials 30kmh speed limits, but   oppose a legalised safe passing distance-   No cycling rep on the Road Safety Council –    Introduce bicycle representation at all levels of government-    Introduce legislated safe passing distance, penalties for dooring, and lower speed along suburban bike routes No support for lower speeds or legalised passing distance.No support for cycling representation on the Road Safety Council
Increasing cycling participation –     What is your position on the carriage of bicycles on all forms of public transport-     How will you increase the number of children cycling to school-     Are you planning any other initiatives that will improve cycling in West Australia, what are they and where will they be initiated.  –   No plans to allow bicycles on trains during peak hours, or on buses at any time –    Funded programs aimed at kids, women and adults. Funding for Bike-Ed and Travelsmart No bikes on trains in peak times. No innitiatives to increase cycling participation
Funding –     What is your budget for the above commitments, and how will they be funded.-     Can you make a list of timed and costed individual cycling related projects available. –   $12.66 mio per year for the next two years, total of $25.2mio, and another $30mio. –    $80.89mio per year for the next 16 years, total of $1294.24mio-    Routes are quantified and costed No specific funding for cycling infrastructure.
Targets and Vision The WABN aims to double cycling trips by 2018. 29% of all trips to be done by bicycle by 2029 (15% of trips to work).Identified and costed 61 initatives to make cycling safer None


Transport Debate 14.2.2013 on ABC720AM

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Part two of discussion   0002-r1073080_12683048


BTA suggestions to the Parties in regards to cycling

3% of transport budget for cycling

Perth needs 140 km of Principal Shared Paths to complete the cycling projects described in the 1996 Bike Plan. To allow for proportional expenditure required in the regions and population increase, $340mio is required over the next ten years, or about $34mio per year. Money should also be invested in the suburbs, where short trips to train stations, schools and shops would provide health and congestion benefits, and increase quality of life for local residents. The total funding requirement is $50mio per year for the next ten years.  3% of the Transport Budget to go to cycling (to be achieved without reducing spending on Public Transport), that would be $48.6mio pa.

Double Cycling Participation by 2018

Support a doubling of bicycle participation by 2018, in line with the unpublished WABN draft. A connected safe bicycle network will contribute towards the targets set in The National Cycling Strategy 2011 – 2016 (to which WA is a signatory). To achieve the WABN target, cycling trips will have to increase by 20% each year for the next five years.

Support policies and provide implementation guidelines to achieve 30% of primary school children and 40% of high school children cycling or walking to school by 2017.

One metre passing distance and lower speeds

Support a 30kmh speed limit on selected urban and suburban roads to make them safer  for children riding to school and people riding to shops and train stations.

Innitiate the parliamentary steps necessary to appoint a cycling representative to the Road Safety Council.

Support a law declaring that motor vehicle drivers must give cyclists a metre clearance when overtaking.

Support for the 40 recommendations from the OLA/RAC Cycling Safety Forum

Bikes on public transport

Support and provide policies for the carriage of bicycles on all forms of public transport















Cycling in Perth and the 2013 WA state elections

–          Over 3 million bicycle trips were counted on the Principal Shared Paths in 2011

–          22.1% of the WA population ride a bicycle at least once during a typical week

–          cycling numbers increase by over 10% each year

–          cycling participation in WA increased by 35% compared to 2006

–          20’000 people cycle daily to work instead of using their cars


The BTA is asking political parties and candidates questions on cycling related infrastructure plans, their views on initiatives that create a safer cycling environment, how they plan to increase cycling participation and how their cycling initiatives will be funded.

The Liberal party has released a draft of their West Australian Bike Network Plan (WABN), and we expect that the final version of that document will have both projects and funding information. The Greens have released their Bikevision, a document that includes projects, costings, targets and sources of funds. At this stage we are not aware of the cycling related projects planned by the Nationals or by Labor. We will compare these documents and rate the suggestions.

A seperate section for each party shows their more detailed responses as well as the people we contacted for comments: Liberal, Labor, Greens, Nationals

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