2020 has been a most unusual year for our Bicycle Network and Bike Plan. The State Bicycle Fund was drastically reduced in the previous year making it very difficult for Council to pursue further projects – and of course COVID has had a major impact on everything!
However the BUG has been pleased to hear that in the current 2020-21 financial year, PA/E Council has successfully sought funding for 3 significant projects that’ll improve our cycling environment – we’ll report on these in more detail in a future post.
For now, Council are about to start preparing submissions for the forthcoming 2021-22 financial year, starting next July – the first year of operation for the new ‘Walking & Cycling Plan’. The circumstances are a bit special as we are still ‘between plans’ and don’t have the usual list of projects to consider. However there are still quite a few targets, large and small, left over from the last Bike Plan, as well as a number of network issues that we have become aware of more recently.
Based on these, we have prepared our own ‘hit list’ of possible 2021-22 projects which you can read here. We are seeking your comments on these proposals, as well as your own ideas for Council to consider. Please let us know what you think, as well as your own ideas for 2020-21 and beyond before Sunday 1st November. Comment below or just email our Secretary.