Francois Sauzier, Planning and Projects Officer, Cycling with the WA Department of Transport, came along to appraise us of the Western Australian Bicycle Network (WABN) Plan which has been in existence since 2014. The objective is to make cycling safe, connected, convenient and a widely accepted form of transport here in WA, and the Department gets input from numerous sources such as local government, WA Police and the RAC. Included in the WABN Plan are a long term Cycle network for Perth and Peel; expansion of the Principal Shared Path Network Strategies (a major transport strategy); Perth Bicycle Network projects; Regional Bicycle Network projects; a Safe Active Streets programme; and Perth Central Area projects. The Safe Active Streets programme is designed to provide different treatments based on safety considerations, and by slowing the traffic down the area concerned will be made safer for all users. Francois then outlined the programme that is specific to the Town of Cambridge, and he also told us about the effects of Covid-19 on the Plan – basically creating a greater demand for riding!
In the audience today we welcomed Honorary Members Jeanette and Leonie, Rhonda Walker, Richard Scarff, Ted Grobicki, and Bruce McPherson – thank you all for coming along!