Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Community to shape future of cycling in Avon and Central Coast

    25/09/2020 12:05 PM
     
    • State and local governments working together to develop Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy
    • Strategy will set long-term vision for bike riding in Avon and Central Coast region and identify opportunities to encourage riding for transport, recreation and tourism
    • Community invited to have their say and shape future of bike riding in the region
    • Part of the State Government's strategic long-term approach to planning and investment in WA's regional bicycle network

    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.

     

    Comments attributed to 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."

     

    Comments attributed to 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.

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5500

     

    Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy community drop-ins

     

    Bindoon community drop-in
    When: 27 September 2020 from 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Where: Bindoon Farmers Market at Clune Park, Bindoon

     

    Jurien Bay community drop-in
    When: 27 September 2020 from 8am - 1pm
    Where: Jurien Bay Community Markets at Fauntleroy Park, Jurien Bay 

     

    York community drop-in
    When: 10 October 2020 from 8am - 12pm
    Where: York Charity Markets at Peace Park, York

     

    Beverley community drop-in
    When: 17 October 2020 - events will be held across the day

    Where: Beverley Heroic cycling race and bicycle event

     

    Toodyay community drop-in
    When: 18 October 2020 from 9am - 1pm

    Where: Toodyay Farmer's Market, 140 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay