Work has commenced on a long-term cycling strategy for the Avon and Central Coast region to identify an aspirational network to improve safety and connectivity for residents and support local businesses by creating tourism opportunities.
The State Government is developing the Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy in partnership with the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Dandaragan, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York and is seeking input from the community.
As well as sharing how they use the current bicycle network and how they would like to see it developed, the community is invited to have their say on a range of potential opportunities identified in a preliminary regional network.
These opportunities include a coastal path connecting Jurien Bay and Cervantes, extending south to the iconic Pinnacles and a primary route along the scenic Avon River linking West Toodyay, Toodyay, Northam and Spencers Brook.
Other opportunities include completing shared path networks in towns and connecting key destinations and attractions within the region to boost cycle-tourism experiences.
The strategy, anticipated to be finalised in 2021, is the next step in the State Government’s long-term approach to planning and investment in Western Australia’s regional bicycle network.
Regional cycling strategies to 2050 are already in place and guiding infrastructure investment in the Greater Geraldton and Esperance regions and the Bunbury-Wellington, Leeuwin-Naturaliste and Warren-Blackwood sub regions.
The community can share their thoughts via My Say Transport until Friday November 6 or at a number of upcoming community drop-ins being held throughout the region.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“Our Government is committed to planning and investing in safe and attractive bicycle infrastructure in our regions to help create active, healthy and connected communities and attract visitors to support local businesses.
“I am pleased to be working with local government and the community to identify the many exciting opportunities to further develop bicycle infrastructure to encourage riding for transport, recreation and tourism in the Avon and Central Coast region.
“With its beautiful coastline, iconic Pinnacles, Avon River and much more, the region has great potential to offer world-class cycling experiences for locals and visitors alike.
“I encourage the community to get involved in shaping these experiences by visiting My Say Transport or a community drop-in.”
As stated by Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:
“As more people take to their bikes to move within and around regional WA it is important that we offer high quality cycling experiences.
“This Strategy will provide many benefits to our regional communities and help them to become an attraction for cycle-tourism.
“I thank the Minister for commencing the 2050 Avon Central Coast Cycling Strategy and I encourage interested community members to take part in its future development.