When: 12 noon Saturday 24 March
Where: Northbridge Piazza - corner of Lake and James Street, Northbridge
What: Cycling advocates will join forces tomorrow to launch an iPhone application that provides cyclists with an opportunity to report feedback from the cycling network directly to the Transport Minister.
Cyclists will ride through Northbridge to highlight the need for better bike infrastructure, finishing at Northbridge Piazza at noon where the iPhone app will be launched.
Senator Scott Ludlam
Australian Greens Spokesperson for Transport, developer of the BIKE BLACKSPOT iPhone application
Westcycle, the newly formed cycling umbrella group which launched its strategic plan this week
Bicycle Transport Alliance
"The State Government's Bike Plan is open for comment right now. We are giving cyclists an easy way to provide feedback about the deficiencies in our patchy cycling network." said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Transport, who developed the "Bike Blackspot" iPhone application.
The app enables people to report cycling problems from the road by simply taking a photo and making a comment. It then automatically logs the location and forwards the report to www.bikeblackspot.org and the WA Transport Minister. The data collected using the app and the website will show where investment in the cycling network is needed and the degree to which people are calling for serious spending on cycling. The first contributions can already be seen here: www.bikeblackspot.org. Those without iPhones can submit reports via email from the site.
"We have had an enthusiastic response to the app, with regional and metro based cyclists keen to participate. Local governments have also expressed an interest in using the data collected for their planning," Senator Ludlam said.
"Despite all the benefits that cycling brings and growing participation rates, cycling has been the undervalued element of WA's transport sector for too long. While the release of the WA Bicycle Network Plan goes some way towards addressing this issue, the funding commitment is still not enough. The plan is playing catch up with infrastructure that should already be in place," said Clint Shaw, CEO of Westcycle.
"The Bike Blackspot app will add further weight and evidence to support our efforts in securing a greater funding commitment for cycling infrastructure in WA." he added.
"The tragic and unnecessary death of a cyclist in Cottesloe earlier this month illustrates the urgent need for us to make the roads safe for cyclists," said Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens WA transport spokesperson.
For more information contact Rachel Pemberton on 0408 988 977