The Greens want bike infrastructure spending doubled to just three per cent of the Transport Budget after reports from the latest Bike Blackspot App reveals Perth’s bike infrastructure is dangerous, needs upgrading and doesn’t comply with Australian standards.
In its third year, the Bike BlackSpot App continues to highlight Perth’s failure to provide safe, unobstructed and clean bike paths for the cities growing biking community with 32 reports during Bike Week and 425 since 2013.
Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam – who created the app – said Perth still had a long way to go in providing a bike friendly city.
“The first thing the State Government can do it support Lynn MacLaren’s One Metre rule as well as investing significant funding into upgrading the cities bike infrastructure,” he said.
“The work does not end here. We need everyone in Perth to continue using the app so the information can be passed onto the Auditor General, who is conducting a review of Perth’s cycle network.”
WA Greens member for the South Metro Lynn MacLaren revealed under questioning in State Parliament that the WA Government spends only 1.7 per cent of the total Transport Budget on bikes.
“The WA State Government spends only 1.7 per cent of the total Transport budget on bike infrastructure. The Greens want that doubled to 3 per cent immediately which could save lives on our roads,” she said.
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For more information: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/bike-blackspot