Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Bike Week 2016 will get the wheels spinning

    14/03/2016 7:30 AM
     
    • WA's annual celebration of bike riding for transport and fun
    • Special events planned for March 12-20 

    Bike Week, now under way, is jam-packed with a diverse line-up of more than 90 events taking place across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.

     

    Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the annual 'celebration of all things bikes' included community events offering something for everyone - from casual bike riders and regular commuters to children, families and seniors.

     

    Mr Nalder said $30,000 in grants had been provided for events to support and encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes.

     

    "For more than 30 years, Bike Week has played an integral role in promoting bike riding across metropolitan and regional WA.  We are working to provide people with appropriate infrastructure so they have the option of leaving the car at home and getting on their bikes," he said.

     

    "Even if you don't ride a bike often or never have, there are a number of courses, workshops and repair and maintenance classes taking place to help West Australians learn more about riding and maintaining bikes."

     

    The State Government last year announced a $75 million investment in cycling infrastructure over four years, which will continue to improve safety and bike network connectivity in WA. 

     

    "A range of infrastructure projects will reach completion this year which will add to the expanding network of paths for bike riders and pedestrians," the Minister said.

     

    The most recent section of cycle and pedestrian path to be completed is from Guildford Station to the East Street crossing, along the Perth to Midland Line. The 1.3 kilometre section of path is three metres wide and complemented by lighting, signage and line markings.

     

    Bike Week 2016 is on from March 12-20 and is being co-ordinated by WestCycle with support from the Department of Transport.

     

    Fact File

    • The State Government has allocated $75.1 million over four years to improve safety and bike network connectivity for West Australians:
      • $34.4 million for major cycling projects associated with road projects
      • $37.7 million for local government grants and principal shared paths
      • $3 million in 2015-16 for the demonstration 'bike boulevards' program
    • The cycle and pedestrian path from Guildford Station to the East Street crossing, along the Perth to Midland Line cost $3.8 million
    • For more information, visit http://www.bikeweek.com.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6400