Perth’s bike boom has led to the proposal from the state government to provide a cycling facility featuring showers, lockers and parking for 500 bikes in the Perth CBD.
The ten-year bicycle network plan, released by Transport Minister Troy Buswell, proposes to spend up to $10million in expanding existing bike paths and creating new paths within a 15 kilometre radius of the city. According to WA Today, the plan is in response to a five-fold increase in the number of people cycling to work or for leisure in Perth: about 300,000 cyclists per month take to the roads and cycle paths across the city.
Among the 12 recommendations of the Government Plan is a proposal for a high-quality ‘end-of-trip’ terminus to provide parking for 500 bikes, showers and locker facilities which would operate on a fee-for-service basis. The government has suggested a feasibility study be carried out, and suggested the facility could be created by converting existing space within a multi-storey car park.
Meanwhile, the City of Perth is working on its own cycling plan, which will be released in June.
The full plan can be viewed on the WA Transport site here.