A lot of exciting initiatives are happening at WestCycle, with the WA Schools Mountain Bike Championships, the launch of the Perth Peel MTB Master Pan, new findings from the National Cycling Participation Survey, news on Minimum Distance Passing, bike paths and some great opportunities for our junior WA track stars.
Be Alert, Be Predictable, Be Courteous
We recently launched a series of Best Practice Guides for Cycling. For over 12 months WestCycle and the cycling community have been working on guidelines for cyclists to follow to improve our riding etiquette.
A lot is discussed about the hostility on the road between bicycle riders and drivers as well as between pedestrians and riders, tension points exist and riders more often than not come off second best when these hostilities escalate.
WA Schools Mountain Bike Championships
In collaboration with WestCycle , Rock and Roll Mountain Biking, Mountain Bike Australia, WAMBA and Perth Mountain Bike Club we will be hosting the 2017 WA Schools Mountain bike Championships for the second year. The event will be held on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1st September 2017 at the Goat Farm Mountain Bike Park. This is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in. The schedule for the competition is, Thursday – practice day, track orientation and school skills sessions and Friday is the WA Schools XC MTB Championships. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan
WestCycle, along with the Minister for the Environment the Hon. Stephen Dawson; and the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Mick Murray, formally released the plan July 5th 2017. The Master Plan identifies 575km’s of purpose built mountain bike trails across 24 sites and we are hopeful that it will be the catalyst to investment.
There is currently a huge gap in the balance between the supply and demand of mountain bike trails close to urban centres and this plan sets the framework to address this. The Perth and Peel Master Plan is available for download from the WestCycle website http://westcycle.org.au/cycling-development-perth-peel-bike
National Cycling Participation Survey
The latest cycling participation statistics are out from the Australian Bicycle Council and Western Australia remains the strongest of all states around Australia. Over the last month a quarter of the WA population has ridden a bike, compared to the national average of 21.8%. Continued investment in infrastructure and making riding safer will hopefully see Western Australia remain at the top of this list.
The Survey also showed a decline in participation rates of children nationally. Only half of the nations population between 0 – 9 years have ridden a bike in the last month, which is a decline from 63% back in 2011. This is alarming as numerous habits are formed at this age that will have long-term impacts to health, road safety and transport behaviours. We desperately need a statewide education program to encourage more children to get onto their bikes.
Minimum Passing Legislation Update
We have received numerous questions to the office asking for an update on the status of the Legislation of minimum passing distance in Western Australia.
As you will be aware the Labor Party committed to a 2 year trial of the laws in the lead up to the election. Representing the cycling community we are working closely with the Road Safety Commission on its implementation. The Government is 100% committed to the legislation and it will be implemented. As you would expect there are numerous considerations to take into account before the legislation is enacted and the finer details are being worked through at the moment.
In collaboration with the Amy Gillett Foundation we have designed a range of kits with the aim of raising awareness of minimum passing distance. So get your kit and support the “Metre Matters” campaign HERE.
Baldivis gets a new shared path
A new shared path in Baldivis was opened recently and the project is being praised for increasing safety along the busy stretch of road. The path stretches 4.2km from Safety Bay Road between Nairn Drive and Warnbro railway station and aims to provide cyclists and pedestrians with a safe route away from the roads.
The two-year project came in at $3.2 million and was built in three stages over the past two years. The path is 2.5m wide and was built to the Perth Bicycle Network standards. This addition will complete the Southern Bike Route as outlined by the Department of Transport. Rockingham Social Cycling Group member Ed Church said the project had greatly improved safety in the area and “We absolutely feel safer on this path and I’m sure the rest of the community will benefit from it as well.” Awesome news for the cycling community.
Picture: David Salvaire
WA Track Stars
More great news from Western Australia’s track stars! Congratulations to our WA Athletes on their selection for the 2017 Junior Track Worlds; Jade Haines and Tyler Lindorff in endurance, Matthew Richardson and Kye Bonser in sprint. The 15-member Australian Team for the 2017 UCI Junior (Under 19) World Championships will compete in Montichiari, Italy, 23-27 August. The team was selected from a 21-strong long squad named following March’s 2017 Cycling Australia Track National Championships at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane. Good luck to all the athletes involved.
If you’d like to help our talented riders perform at the highest level we’d encourage you to check out their fundraising pages
Jade Haines – https://asf.org.au/athletes/jade-haines/
Matt Richardson – https://www.gofundme.com/mattsworlds