WA Bicycle Network Plan
WABN Plan: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan?
The WABN plan is the first comprehensive review of the State's cycling facilities in 16 years. The plan is an expansion of the 1996 Perth Bicycle Network Plan to include regional areas as well as incorporating updated community expectations.
What does the WABN plan aim to achieve?
The WABN plan focusses on twelve key initiatives with the aim of doubling cycling in WA within the next five years.
The plan sets out to achieve this through the completion of the principal shared path (PSP) network within 15kms of the Perth CBD by 2023 (subject to funding), a thorough review of the Local Bicycle Routes within the Perth Metropolitan Area and through connecting cycling facilities with schools and major train and bus stations.
The PSP priorities over the period 2013/2014 to 2016/2017 are:
Projects designed and to be commenced in 2014.
- Kwinana Freeway (Mill Point Road to Thelma Street) - upgrade commenced.
- Perth-Midland rail line (Bassendean Station to Success Hill Station) - new path to be commenced shortly.
- Kwinana Freeway (Scandrett Way to London Way) - new path.
- Mitchell Freeway (Erindale Road to Balcatta Road) - new path.
Projects designed and to be commenced from 2015
- Perth-Midland rail line (Guildford Station to Morrison Road) - new path.
- Perth-Fremantle rail line (Loch Street Station to Shenton Park Station) -new path.
- Mitchell Freeway (Karrinyup Road to Erindale Road) - new path.
Design development for the PSP program is well underway, with the main focus being concept design, detailed design and initiation of pre-construction activities. The design work is being completed for all of the priority PSP projects planned for delivery up to 2023.
The Perth CBD Transport Plan priorities are:
- CBD, PSP, Arena West: Completed.
- Barrack Street, On Road Lanes Riverside Drive to St Georges Terrace: Second half of 2014.
- Roe Street, Railway Road, PSP extension, Lake Street to Thomas Street: 2015/16 to 2016/17.
Major regional priorities are (through Regional Bicycle Network grants):
- Busselton-Dunsborough, Shared Path 1.2km's north of Dunsborough to Dunsborough (completed staged path construction that started in the 1980's): Path opened on 16 March 2014.
- Albany, On road and off road, Various locations: 2013/2014 to 2014/2015.
What funding is the Government providing for cycling?
Over the period 2013/2014 to 2016/2017, $28.6 million has been allocated to the PSP Program, $12.0 million to local government grants and $6.5M to Perth CBD projects, totalling $47.18 million.
Cycling infrastructure is also separately funded and provided through Main Roads in major road construction projects such as the Gateway project near Perth Airport, and the Public Transport Authority in railway projects such as the extension of the Joondalup Line from Clarkson to Butler.
Why is it important to have a plan?
The WABN Plan is a response to the large uptake of cycling across the State and will guide the strategic development and implementation of cycling infrastructure over the coming years.
Since the release of the Perth Bicycle Network Plan in 1996, the number of people cycling for work or for leisure in Perth has increased more than five-fold, with an estimated 300,000 cyclists a month taking to the streets and paths around Perth.
With Perth alone undergoing an unprecedented growth in population and with predictions the population will grow to 2.7 million people by 2031, it is certain the cycling trend will also increase.
About 22% of WA residents cycle in a typical week, 30% in a typical month and 45% over a year.
In 2012/13 the fixed bicycle counters located on all PSP paths recorded over 4 million cycle movements. This was a 16.4% increase on the 2011/2012 movements.
Has there been community consultation?
The draft of the WABN Plan was released for public comment which closed in mid June 2012. A number of public forums and presentations were delivered as well as providing all key cycling advocacy groups and general public with copies of the draft plan. Over 500 submissions were received which greatly influenced the direction of the final plan.
Does the plan cater for community members that are not already cyclists?
The WABN plan includes a number of grants programs that incorporate behavioural change programs. This means encouraging the community to ride a bike instead of drive to the shops or work. The Connecting Schools and Your Move Cockburn programs are both an example of this.
Your Move Cockburn
To date, close to 9000 households - around a quarter of the city of Cockburn's households - have joined the Your Move project.
The program encourages locals to get more active every day by walking, riding a bike and taking part in local sport and recreation opportunities.
Participants receive personalised support to encourage greater activity as well as access to useful local resources - including an in-depth sport and recreation directory, travel maps highlighting local walking and cycling paths and an activity planner to help them set goals and track progress.
The Your Move - Get Active Your Way program is a joint project funded by the Department of Transport (DoT), the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and the City of Cockburn. The Public Transport Authority, HBF and the RAC also support the program.
Connecting schools is a grant program aimed at improving bicycle access and end of train facilities for schools, as well as providing behaviour change initiatives to promote cycling.
For the 2013-14 financial years, over $34,000 was awarded to 10 Schools in the City of Cockburn from the Connecting Schools Grants Program.
The grants projects included installation of bike racks, navigational signage, a shared path and a secure bike shelter.
The schools which received funding through the Connecting Schools Grants Program are:
- Beeliar Primary School.
- Bibra Lake Primary School.
- St Jerome's Primary School.
- Perth Waldorf School.
- The Atwell 5 (Harmony, Atwell, Jandakot, Success and Aubin Grove Primary Schools).
- Phoenix Primary School.
Over $300,000 was awarded to the City of Cockburn from the Perth Bicycle Network Grants Program for the construction of shared paths on North Lake Road.
What happens next?
The Department of Transport has formed the WABN Implementation Reference Group (IRG) which comprises Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority as well as key external stakeholders and community groups such as the RAC, Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM), Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), Bicycling WA, Bicycle Transport Alliance, West Cycle and the Over 55's Bicycle Club.
Implementation is well underway with guidance and input from the IRG.
WABN Plan - consultation results
The draft WABN Plan was released to the public on 13 March 2012 and was open for stakeholder and community comment until 17 June 2012.
A total of 533 responses were received via emails and letters to the Department of Transport and the Minister for Transport's office, and questionnaire responses via an online survey.
Responses were divided into three categories:
- Survey responses: 385.
- Key stakeholder responses (local government authorities, state government agencies, Members of Parliament, cycling groups and others): 30.
- General public and community responses: 118.
Comments received were summarised and recorded in a database. Comments indicating support for the plan were recorded as being generally 'in agreement' with the plan. Submissions offering comments in addition to this were placed under headings that correlated with the structure of the plan.
Comments from key stakeholders were summarised and placed in a database. These comments were then placed under headings that correlated with the structure of the plan. The survey results were counted, findings reviewed and collated according to the questions asked to establish tangible outputs.
View the link below to read an overview of the community consultation results.
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WABN - Implementation Reference Group
The WABN Implementation Reference Group is a high level group that meets every second month from November 2012 to discuss strategic issues and provide advice to the Department. The group currently comprises the following agencies, organisations and groups:
- Department of Transport.
- Public Transport Authority.
- Main Roads WA.
- Bicycling WA.
- Bicycle Transport Alliance.
- Munda Biddi Foundation.
- Over 55s Cycling Club.
For further information on the Implementation Reference Group you can contact Jeremy Millar.
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Office of the Auditor General Report - update 2017
In 2015, the Office of the Auditor General released its report Safe and Viable Cycling in the Perth Metropolitan Area. Recommendations in this report focused on ensuring robust governance arrangements and providing adequate resources needed for the design, planning, construction and delivery of a complete cycling network. A copy of the report can be found on the Office of the Auditor General website.
The Transport Portfolio undertook to progress ten actions in response to the report, an update on the progress of these actions is below.
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