Tanya Plibersek reaffirms Labor commitment to cycling infrastructure in Leederville


Labor Perth electorate candidate Tim Hammond with Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek in Leederville.
Labor Perth electorate candidate Tim Hammond with Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek in Leederville.

DEPUTY Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek reiterated Labor’s commitment to cycling infrastructure on her recent visit to Leederville.

Ms Plibersek spent time in the cycling enthusiastic community with Perth electorate candidate Tim Hammond and spoke with the Guardian Express.

In May, Opposition Infrastructure and Transport spokesman Anthony Albanese announced a Shorten Labor Government investment of $1.25 million in the Australian Bicycle Council to ensure the ongoing development of a national cycling strategy.

Ms Plibersek said the plan would be to look at the potential to include bike paths as part of major roads works.

“It won’t always be possible, sometimes it makes no sense at all, but at least having to think through whether you can do it on this project is a really good idea,” she said.

A project in Sydney looks at using old railway land for cycle paths.

Mr Hammond said the benefit to the community was maximised when there was a conversation between all three levels of government to assess support.

Cycling continues to be a hot topic within the City of Leederville, with the council recently committing $835,000 to Perth’s first Demonstration Bike Boulevard Project.

Labor’s commitment was a considerable shortfall from the figure RAC called for this month.

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby last week said $388 million was needed for infrastructure throughout 10 years to keep up with demand as more people hop on their bikes.