Inside WestCycle – February 2017

What a busy and exciting start to the year, with the coming State election, the WA Junior Track Team heading to New South Wales to compete in the Nationals and Bike Week all just around the corner.

Our election campaign is in full swing. We have been running our #INVESTinCYCLING campaign and asked WA riders what an investment in cycling means to them. The campaign has had a positive response from all sides of politics that has lead to some promising election commitments to date from the Liberals, Nationals, Greens and Labor.

WA Liberal

The Liberal Party have a commitment of $24 million to create five Scenic Shared Paths that will highlight Perth’s cityscape, the Swan River, Perth Hills and coastline. $23 million from proceeds of the partial sale of Western Power will be used to construct a 1.9km shared path between Hutton Street and Glendalough. This will create a fully connected cycling route along the Mitchell Freeway from Joondalup to the Perth CBD. $9.3 million will also be committed for mountain bike trails. MORE

WA Labor

WA Labor has announced their cycling commitment which includes an additional $27 million into the Principle Shared Path Program over four years,  $14.66million over four years to local Governments to develop local cycling infrastructure and the continuation of the Bike Boulevard Program with a $3million per year investment. The Labor Party has also committed to commencing a 2 year trial of minimum passing distance and an investment in cycle tourism in regional areas. MORE

Nationals

The Nationals have announced that they will increase spending to regional tourism with a product and infrastructure fund worth $200 million and an extra $125 million for destination marketing. Now is a great time to speak with your local candidates about how they will be investing in cycling this election.

Prior to the election we will be distributing a summary of each of the parties commitments to assist you on March 11th.

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WA’s Junior Track team will be heading over to New South Wales from the 22nd-25th February to test themselves against the nations best at the Junior Track Nationals. This is a fantastic experience for the young athletes allowing them to really test themselves and put their hard work on show on the national stage. Thank you to Pharmacy 777 who is a proud supporter of Junior Track Cycling in WA, it’s fantastic to have their support at a grass roots level. It is because of these partnerships that our next crop of champions can not only meet their goals, but exceed them. Good luck to all the athletes participating in the camp, I am sure all your hard work will pay off.

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It is now only a month until Bike Week begins. The grants have been allocated to 40 fantastic events across metropolitan and regional Western Australia, with something for everyone! The events include the Tour de Quairading, the Belmont Bike to Work Breakfast and the Toodyay Family Cycle. Bring the family and your bike to the Tour de Quairading which is a morning of scavenger hunting and adventure, come along for the ride, it is a great way to see Perth on your bike. The Belmont Bike Breakfast is a free community breakfast held at the beautiful river location and welcomes anyone on a bike. Finally the Toodyay family cycle is a leisurely cycling around the town, it is open to all ages all you need to do is bring your bike and helmet. To find out more about these events or other events in your area visit the Bike Week website.

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On a final note our Mountain Bike Coordinator, Shelby Corbett , has made the hard decision to pursue her dreams to study and will unfortunately be leaving the team. Shelby has been instrumental in the work we have been able to deliver for the mountain bike community and we wish her every success with her studies.

Happy Riding

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO

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