People living in regional Western Australia are being invited to complete a Department of Transport survey to help shape the future of bike riding in their local community.
Three surveys targeting people who live in or visit the Gascoyne, Great Southern, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder regions are now open for comment on the My Say Transport website, with the resulting feedback used to shape long-term cycling strategies for each region.
The strategies will identify regional aspirational bike networks to improve safety and connectivity for residents and showcase some of the area’s best natural assets and local attractions to visitors and tourists.
The surveys allow people to share how they use current bicycle networks and their preferences for future development. While the questions are focused on bike riding, people who use cycling infrastructure for walking, running, eRideables, wheelchairs, or mobility scooters are also encouraged to participate and have their feedback captured.
By clicking through the relevant survey window, people can also use the map function to pinpoint cycling areas of interest in their region, and leave comments relevant to that particular area.
The Gascoyne 2050 Cycling Strategy, Great Southern 2050 Cycling Strategy, and Kalgoorlie 2050 Cycling Strategy surveys and online mapping tools are open for comment until 2 December 2022.
Regional cycling strategies 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.
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 create active, connected communities and attract visitors to support local businesses.
“More than 15 local governments, as well as local community members will be consulted to produce these latest long-term regional cycling strategies that will help identify the many exciting opportunities for bicycle infrastructure development to encourage riding for transport, recreation, and tourism in our regions.
“These regions boast significant natural attractions – including picturesque coastlines and iconic forests – offering locals and visitors world-class cycling experiences.
“I encourage the community to get involved in shaping these experiences by visiting My Say Transport.”