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Damning report confirms State Government’s cycling strategy full of roadbumps and potholes, say Greens

14th October 2015

 

The State Government’s failure to adequately fund and plan WA’s cycling infrastructure was today in the hot seat with the release of the WA Auditor-General’s cycling infrastructure audit report.

“This report confirms what the Greens and the cycling community already know – that when it comes to cycling infrastructure, the State Government has failed to deliver,” Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.

“I am not surprised that the audit found a lack of State Government planning and funding has left us with a sub-standard cycling network that is unsafe and incomplete.

“The only way we can address congestion in our cities is to provide people with a range of safe, efficient transport options,” the Greens State Transport spokesperson said.

“Currently only a tiny fraction of WA’s Transport budget is spent on this economically sensible form of transport, which eases congestion and improves health.

“The biggest obstacle for many people to cycling is fear of traffic; this needs to be addressed through increased funding for well-designed cycle routes.”

Ms MacLaren had a suggestion in response to the recommendation that Government “consider developing a central cycling crash and hazard reporting facility”.

“We can give the Minister a head start,” Ms MacLaren said.

“Greens Senator Scott Ludlam’s Bike Blackspot app has been used by cyclists for many years, recording accident blackspots in WA.

"The Minister could easily link in, we are happy to share.”

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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia