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09 June 2017

NOW YOU CAN SUPPORT MINIMUM PASSING

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The McGowan Labor Government has committed to the introduction of a 2 year trial of Minimum Passing laws to support the safety of bike riders. It is important that we communicate to the wider community the importance of giving space to cyclists when overtaking. This is your chance to join in and create a large visual message that a “Metre Matters” to riders. 

We're pleased to announce the launch of the WestCycle / Metre Matters kit. In conjunction with the Amy Gillett Foundation we aim to raise the awareness that drivers should allow a minimum distance of one metre when overtaking cyclists. 

Your support of the 'Metre Matters' message will be critical in the lead up to the trial of Minimum Passing Distance legislation in Western Australia. 

Our vision is that hundreds of riders in Western Australia will proudly wear this message so it becomes top of mind for all drivers. Your support will go a long way in getting this message across. 

A full range of kit is now available for purchase online. There are 4 different jersey designs to choose from, all prominently featuring the "Metre Matters" logo. Two different styles of knicks, wind vests to match, arm warmers, leg warmers and a Euro cycling cap are also available.

As all orders are made to your requirements, you can choose a jersey from $99, or go for the more premium options which are $129 and $139 respectively.

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Click here to view the full range and shop now!


08 March 2017

#INVESTinCYCLING Summary of Commitment

Ahead of the 2017 State election on Saturday, 11th March we have drawn together the cycling commitments of the four major political parties. This table summarises each party’s platform for cycling. 
 
For each party’s cycling policy document, please visit: 
 
Liberals WA -  A Cycling City. Available at:
WA Labor - Cycling for the Future. Available at:  
The Nationals WA - Regional Mountain Bike Trails. Available at: 
The Greens (WA). (2017). WA State Policies. Available at: www.greens.org.au

Click here to view the full table.
 

WestCycle

04 January 2017

INVEST in CYCLING

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Election Policy Document: #INVESTinCYCLING 

The #INVESTinCYCLING document details the benefits of Investing in Cycling in Western Australia, which include:
  • Increasing the health of Western Australians
  • Making our communities more liveable
  • Reducing congestion
  • Winning WA more gold medals on the world stage
 
WestCycle and its 34 member organisations, on behalf of the 600,000 people who ride a bicycle each week in WA are calling for commitments to:
          1. Double investment in cycling infrastructure
          2. Ensure the safety of cyclists
          3. Support cycling across multiple ministerial portfolios
          4. Prioritise cycling education for children
          5. Develop facilities for sport cycling

 

We look forward to working with both sides of government in the lead up to the State Election and for the remainder of 2017 and beyond. 
 
To view the #INVESTinCYCLING document, click here.
 
 
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21 December 2016

State Government Announces $1.1m campaign for cyclist safety

Today the State Government announced a $1.1 million campaign to improve cycling safety. The campaign will increase awareness of one of the roadsmost vulnerable user groups and educate the community on the importance of giving a minimum distance when overtaking cyclists. The investment behind this campaign sees a 400% increase in the level of spending from the Road Trauma Trust Account on cycling initiatives compared to 2015/16.

Cycling participation levels are higher in Western Australia than anywhere else in the country. Cycling provides many benefits to the Western Australian community, such as reducing congestion, bringing savings to the health care system, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and attracting tourists. Making it safer to ride will extend the benefits of cycling even further and make our communities more livable.

“It’s pleasing to see that the State Government has listened to the public and are supporting cycling safety through this significant education campaign”, Matt Fulton, CEO WestCycle.

“In late 2015 WestCycle conducted a cycling safety survey, which received over 2,000 responses from both cyclists and non-cyclists. 76% of respondents believed that a statewide education campaign to foster mutual respect’ would make bike riding safer,“ Mr Fulton said.
 

“We know that no one wants to intentionally cause harm to another human being, however the truth is that a lot of drivers get nervous when they need to overtake a cyclist on the road. This campaign will give us a great platform to educate the community and make the roads a safer place for everyone”.

“We look forward to partnering with the Road Safety Commission on the campaign to work towards reducing the death toll to zero,said Mr Fulton. 


12 December 2016

Perth and Peel Master Plan - now open for public consultation

WestCycle are pleased to announce that the Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan is now open for public comment.

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The Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan will guide strategic investment to maximise the benefits that mountain biking can offer to the Perth and Peel regions. It provides an opportunity to create a series of diverse and sustainable mountain bike experiences that will foster community participation, strengthen stakeholder partnerships and provide tourism opportunities.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the draft plan outlined key objectives and priorities to guide the future development of mountain bike trails in the Perth and Peel regions including the potential delivery of 570km of purpose-built trails across 24 sites.

“Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing recreational pursuits and it is essential that we have an effective plan in place to maximise potential benefits for bike riders and the ecotourism sector, whilst protecting our diverse environment,” he said.

The Perth and Peel Master Plan is the second master plan to be developed out of the recommendations of the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy. The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan was released in November 2015 and is on the cusp of becoming an international destination for mountain biking.

“The Perth and Peel Master Plan is the culmination of a significant amount of work that has gone into creating a strategic plan for the development of mountain biking in the Perth and Peel regions. This plan now gives a platform for discussions with landowners, stakeholders and the community to further advance mountain biking,” WestCycle CEO Matt Fulton said.

The Perth Peel Master Plan, along with the South West Master Plan, fits under the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy which lays out the future vision for mountain biking in the State as a leading recreational and tourism experience by delivering opportunities, maximising participation and sharing the benefits.

Alex Wade, President of the West Australian Mountain Bike Association also acknowledges the massive amount of work that has gone into the Perth and Peel Master Plan. “This [work] is reflective of the attention our sport is getting by both State and local government. Once finalised it will herald an exciting new phase that will help guide and shape trail evolution across our region. We look forward to seeing the development of the master plan into the planning and creation of trails."

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the draft plan was the result of detailed assessment and consultation with key stakeholders and included a comprehensive review of the existing trails, infrastructure, events, tourism and commercial opportunities of mountain bike riding.

“It ensures that these trails will be highly accessible to most metropolitan population centres, providing riders with dedicated sustainable trails as an alternative to creating unsanctioned trails which create environmental, social and management issues,” she said.

The Master Plan has involved assessment of vast parcels of land in the project area, spanning from Waroona in the south to Yanchep in the north, for its potential for mountain biking development. A multi criteria analysis was used to review over 160 locations, and the plan proposes varying scales of developments at 24 individual locations.

The Master Plan was prepared by trails planning consultant Common Ground Trails, on behalf of WestCycle, with financial support from Lotterywest, Department of Parks and Wildlife and Department of Sport and Recreation.

Download the draft Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan.
To comment on the consultation draft, please click here

The draft Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan is open for comment until 5pm on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

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