​The City of Stirling's Integrated Cycling Strategy (ICS) sits underneath the Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) and provides more detail on how the strategic objectives of the ITS, in relation to cycling, can be achieved.  Find out more about the cycling strategy.

Background

The City of Stirling adopted the Integrated Transport Strategy at its 22 September 2009 meeting after reviewing public comments, and forms the basis for subsequent strategies and implementation plans.  For cycling this has translated to the following outcomes:

  • The City has a bicycle friendly network allowing cyclists to easily travel anywhere within the City;
  • Travel by bicycle within the City is safe, direct and convenient with minimal impediment from traffic or pedestrians;
  • The movement of cyclists is given priority over the movement of vehicles;
  • Safe, secure and appropriate end of trip facilities are provided in major developments, centres and transport modes;
  • Cyclist routes are clearly signed and easy to navigate; and
  • The City actively works to support and encourage community members in cycling for transport, through the provision of education, skills-training and associated services.

At the time the Integrated Transport Strategy was advertised, the City was already in the process of drafting the latest edition of the Bike Plan and had, as part of that process, identified some critical conflicts that required resolution before moving forward.  Rather than progressing cycling on the 'business as usual' model, which was producing those conflicts, it was decided to review these conflicts and, by assessing the relative risks, determine treatment plans and alternate strategies to produce a new model for cycling implementation that could deliver the required outcomes. 

One of the common shortcomings of bike plans, across government in general, was that they failed to address the difference between policy setting (by Council) and implementation (by the administration).  In order to recognise this, the title and content of this document was revised to Integrated Cycling Strategy (ICS) to better align it as a subsidiary document to the City's Integrated Transport Strategy.

Since its release as a public document, following the first stage of consultation in 2011, the initial draft ICS has provided a focal point in many discussions, meetings and workshops in which the City has been involved, and has met with considerable interest and support from a number of other local governments, cycling advocacy groups and elements within the state government agencies.  Recent developments in cycling across the world, together with a greater willingness to see them implemented in WA, have since enabled these concepts to be incorporated into Part Two of the strategy (new).

Implementation

The Integrated Cycling Strategy, which was formally adopted by Council on 5 May 2015, will determine the strategic direction for cycling for the foreseeable future and set the framework for implementation.  In future cycling should no longer be provided on a piecemeal basis rather the product of detailed route planning and the provision of complete routes.  Following the initial public consultation the document has been divided into two parts, the first of which is essentially a reference document which provides the background study behind the development and sets the scheme for part two.

Part two provides the 'Way forward and 'toolkit' and explains the rationale behind an investment program for cycling based on the development of 'complete routes'. A separate 'Bike Route Development Plan' (BRDP) will identify the Primary and Secondary routes which will form the basis of the City's investment in cycling for the 10-year plan.  This in turn will feed into the 5-year planning horizon which will determine the design program required to underwrite each annual budget submission to Council.  This BRDP is already under development and defines the corridors within which Primary and Secondary cycling routes will be developed.  Once the underlying Strategy has been adopted by Council and the BRDP finalised, it will be uploaded to the City's website as part of the more detailed implementation plan where it will remain available, alongside the ICS, for information and public comment.

As with the footpath program, the individual routes will be weighed with a priority score used to determine the order in which they should be delivered.  As these route corridors are assessed and detailed designs produced consultation within the immediate community will be undertaken at concept stage to ensure that the City can properly accommodate local needs with the wider strategic goals.

The Stirling to Scarborough Bicycle Boulevard is the first major route to be developed, and the concept design is now underway.  Details on the emerging design and consultation process is detailed on the Integrated Cycling Strategy (ICS) - Project Implementation page.

For more information please contact the Engineering Design Business Unit via email stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au or by calling (08) 9205 8555.

The adopted Integrated Cycling Strategy underwent Public Consultation for the period of 20 January 2015 to 3 March 2015 and the comments received, together with the City's responses, are included in the Report to Council (5 May 2015) which is available on the City's website.