Chef Jason Jujnovich, top row, left, road cyclist Adam Slavik, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, West reporter Malcolm Quekett, paralympic Gold medalist Kat Downie, Greens Scott Ludlam, Governor Malcolm McCusker. Bottom row: Synergy Chairman Michael Smith, Fiona Wood and Tonya and Mary McCusker. Picture: John Mokrzycki/The West Australian
WA identities have come together in support of cycling and improved safer cycling conditions in Perth.
Many of them, including WA Governor Malcolm McCusker, said cycling could benefit the individual and the community.
Mr McCusker, who rides from the city to the beach with wife Tonya and daughter Mary a few times a week, said improved and safer infrastructure was crucial in encouraging more people to cycle.
"An increase in the number of bike paths and better storage facilities so people can ride into Perth off the road - this would encourage more riders," he said.
"Improved cycling facilities will greatly reduce traffic congestion and improve our environment."
Also backing better cycling infrastructure are Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, former Australian of the Year and burns expert Fiona Wood, Synergy chairman Michael Smith, chef Jason Jujnovich, road cyclist Adam Slavik, _Inside Cover _editor Malcolm Quekett, Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris, Paralympian Kat Downie and Greens senator Scott Ludlam.
Dr Wood said riding a few times a week helped her keep up with her busy schedule.
"The key thing for me is fitness but we need to make sure we facilitate a safe environment to make the choice to ride the obvious choice," she said.
Senator Ludlam called for immediate and substantial investment in Perth's cycling network to separate cyclists from cars.
The senator, who rides to his office in Fremantle most days, said creating a safe environment was critical in encouraging a new generation of people to take up cycling."Without proper infrastructure, parents are reluctant to let kids ride to school, and we'll lose a whole generation to the joy of the bike," he said.
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