Planning and designing for active transport

We collaborate with and guide state and local government and industry partners to plan, design and develop active transport solutions to help make it an easy choice for people of all ages and abilities to walk, wheel and ride.

Active Transport Infrastructure Policy

The Active Transport Infrastructure Policy guides the provision of active transport infrastructure along state-controlled roads and rail corridors.

The policy ensures Western Australia’s Transport Portfolio agencies (Department of Transport, Main Roads Western Australia and the Public Transport Authority) consider active transport infrastructure in the design and scope of works recognising that bike riding, walking and other forms of micromobility are integral to the State’s transport system.

Some of the key objectives are:

  • to ensure integration of new active transport infrastructure within other transport infrastructure projects
  • to support collaborative development and delivery of projects and help coordinate priority across transport modes
  • to provide consistent and suitable outcomes for people of all ages and abilities.

The Policy Statement and Supplement are endorsed by the Transport Portfolio Governance Council.

Planning and designing guidance

We are developing a suite of guidance to provide better information to local government authorities (LGAs) and other practitioners involved in planning and designing for active transport in Western Australia. The guidance documents reflect current industry best practice so that active transport solutions are designed for people of all ages and abilities.

The latest guidance to be released is the All Ages and Abilities Contextual Guidance.

This document complements the previously published information about planning and designing shared and separated paths, local area traffic management (LATM) schemes and local bike planning.

Additional information in development includes guidelines pertaining to safe active streets, bicycle lanes and wayfinding, as well as updated guidance on local bike planning.

All ages and abilities contextual guidance

The All Ages and Abilities Contextual Guidance: Selecting and Designing High-Comfort Bicycle Facilities aims to help practitioners make informed decisions relating to the selection, design and delivery of bicycle facilities that appeal to the broadest spectrum of bike riders. It focuses on the needs of novice and less confident riders to support the vision for a low stress, high comfort network that is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Shared and separated paths

The Shared and Separated Paths document provides practitioners with guidance surrounding the planning and design of shared and separated paths in Western Australia to enable the safe and efficient movement of bike riders of all ages and abilities. It is intended to be a convenient and practical reference guide aimed at practitioners with varying levels of experience.

Local area traffic management schemes

The Local Area Traffic management (LATM) document provides advice and guidance to practitioners to incorporate the safe and efficient movement of people riding bikes into the planning and design of LATM schemes. It provides key principles and best practice for design to ensure people riding bikes are not negatively impacted or put at risk by LATM schemes and associated devices.

Local bike planning

We are developing local bicycle planning guidelines, which will better inform planning and designing for active transport in Western Australia. Until this is available, the Interim Guidance for Local Bike Planning has been prepared for LGAs commencing work on bike plans now.

Inter-modal hierarchical prioritisation

We encourage the application of inter-modal hierarchical prioritisation (I’M-HiP) to active transport infrastructure, such as footpaths, shared paths, and bicycle paths where these intersect with minor roads.

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