Western Australian state and local governments are working together to develop a strategic long-term vision for bike riding, active transport and bike tourism in the Central Coast region.
The Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy is being built in collaboration with the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Dandaragan, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay, York and the Department of Transport, and is anticipated to be finalised next year.
For now, a number of key projects have been identified that connect key destinations and attractions and expand existing bike networks to attract more bike tourism, and make it easier for locals to get around on bikes.
This 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.
In a media statement, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said:
"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."
Have your say
There are several ways local riders can provide input into the strategy. Youc an complete the survey at My Say Transport, use the mapping tool to comment on specific locations, or submit comments or questions via the your thoughts tab.
Feedback and questions in person are also encouraged at any of the remaining drop-ins being held this month, listed below:
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
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