GET ON YOUR BIKE AND HAVE SAY
Community News, 21 July 2015
A THREE-week public consultation period on the City of Wanneroo’s draft cycle plan will start on Monday. The City has invited community feedback on the plan before staff present it to the council later this year. Mayor Tracey Roberts said the plan aimed to improve cycling in its boundaries.
“The City’s vision is to make cycling an integral part of daily life in Wanneroo, allowing people of all ages and abilities to use bicycles safely for all kinds of trips,” she said.
“Cycling is healthy, environmentally-friendly and also has economic benefits for individuals and the community.
“One of the key components of the City’s cycling strategy is to create a traffic environment that actively encourages cycling through the community and links major activity centres such as schools, commercial precincts and new residential developments in the transport hub.
“The plan also aims to identity where specific cycling facilities are needed.”
Cycling is touted as a big part of the current Your Move program being run with the State Government and there are plans to set up two bicycle repair stations locally.
The City said residents had already helped shape the cycle plan and it had held discussions with Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard, who has been campaigning for cycling facilities.
In May, before the council’s adoption of its 2015-16 Budget, Dr Howard called for it to include funds for cycling facilities.
“As there are no cycling facilities in the northern suburbs, children’s safety is put at risk,” he said.
“They are currently training in car parks and the open road each week.”
The budget, which was approved last month, included $25,000 to install bike racks, signs and line markings as part of the cycle plan.