Greens (WA) on Cycling in WA – WA Votes 2013

The Honourable Alison Xamon MLC has prepared the following response on the Greens WA Cycling Policy – WA Votes 2013.  The Greens WA full transport policy is available for download here and the Greens WA BikeVision is available via Senator Ludlum’s website here.

Greens WA Response to BTAWA Questions

In the four years following the 2013 election, and within 20 km of the CBD

Infrastructure

–          Do you support the completion of the Bicycle Network as suggested in the West Australian Bike Network Plan, including the construction of 134 km of Principal Shared Paths?

Yes – the Greens BikeVision will see the Perth Bicycle Network completed by 2029.

It will fill the 137km gap in the PSPs and include new train stations and activity centres, making a total of at least 300km of PSP by 2029. We will also ensure the PSPs are eventually separate from pedestrians, also.

It will also fill the 641km gap in the Local Bike Route network, and transform these into 177 ‘bike boulevards’ as was originally planned in the 1996 Perth Bike Plan.

Our Bike Vision also includes the addition of three entirely new forms of bike infrastructure

–          A 1800km network of Safe Routes to schools, train stations and major employment hubs

–          A 2000km network of Cross-town Bike Paths that get people from ‘anywhere to anwhere’, and

–          A 120km Greenway network that provides safe and continuous bikeways through our precious natural places.

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?

Yes. Full details on each of these proposals are detailed in the Greens BIkeVision.

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?

We support the carriage of bicycles on public transport.

The Greens BIkeVIsion Plan supports the lifting of the ban on bikes during peak hour, and offers funding for a feasibility study of bike only carriages.

The Greens Plan also includes an entire section on how to make our city a safe place for children to ride a bike, and one of our 9 overarching principles is to harness the large number of children riding at least once a week and keep them riding into their adult years, in one generation. Two initiatives to support this in our Plan are to provide Safe Routes to every school ($33.9mpa) and introduce a “Kids Cycle Parks” initiative ($450,000pa) which would enable more places for young people to ride their bikes safely in the suburbs they live, through retrofitting existing parks, improving the design of parks in new suburbs, and to provide funding for design guidelines for new and retrofitted parks. The example we have used is the Cycle Park on Yomba Street, Kewdale.  We have also included a package of $2.5m pa for education and promotion programs, which would include for example reinstating the Bike Ed program at primary school.

In terms of other initiatives, our Bike Vision Plan includes 61 separate, funded initiatives with the aim of improving cycling in WA and increasing ridership to a 15% mode share and 29% of all trips by 2029. A copy of our bike plan is at www.scottludlam.org/bikevision

In March this year the Greens also launched the Bike Blackspot App, which encourages riders to log examples of the ways the Perth bike network is failing us. To date we have received almost 300 reports – all of which helped us inform our initiatives. The App and website is still live and at www.bikeblackspot.org

Funding

–          What is your budget for the above commitments, and how will they be funded?

The budget is $76.91 per annum.

This will be funded by allocating 3% of the state transport budget ($64m pa), and topped up by federal bicycle infrastructure fund the Greens are advocating for, of $80m pa, or $8m to WA. We also advocate for Local Governments contributing $5 per capita. This generates a pool of over $80m in funding. More than enough to meet our budget and achieve the vision for the worlds best city for bikes by 2029.

We are available to discuss and support your initiatives for people using bicycles to travel to work, schools, train stations or shops. Your early answer is appreciated.

 

Summary of policies

 

Liberals Greens Labor Nationals
WA Bike Network Plan (WABN) (Draft), Letter 14.1.13 Bike Vision Letter 21.11.12
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
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,-   Opposes 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 Not known
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 other details
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-   No costing of projects –    $80.89mio per year for the next 16 years, total of $1294.24mio-    Routes are quantified and costed No funding commitment
Targets and Vision The WABN will aim 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 Not known

 

Our comments

Name and or contact details of candidates

 cameron.poustie@mp.wa.gov.au Cameron Poustie
alison.xamon@mp.wa.gov.au Alison Xamon
Lynn.MacLaren@mp.wa.gov.au Lynn MacLaren
Robin.chapple@mp.wa.gov.au Robin Chapple
Giz.Watson@mp.wa.gov.au Giz Watson
Andrew.Huntley@mp.wa.gov.au Andrew Huntley

Individual responses by candidates

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