It s not about anti-car or pro-bike
Shadow transport minister Ken Travers in the 2006 Ride for Youth.

Some of my fondest memories of growing up in Perth involve bicycles.

I remember the excitement of the first time I rode without falling off.

As a seven-year-old, I remember the freedom of riding around Tuart Hill to visit friends. At 12, with money I had saved from delivery rounds, I proudly bought a glistening new 10-speed racer.

In my mid-40s, I returned to cycling and completed the Hawaiian Ride for Youth from Albany to Perth to raise funds for Youth Focus. Unfortunately, the days of seven-year-olds enjoying the freedom of cycling on their own are gone.

But I want to be part of a government that makes it safer and easier to cycle in WA.

A recent article, titled It is not about the Bike or Car - It's about better Cities, by Canadian city planner Brett Toderian resonates with my thoughts.

The article highlights it is not about being "anti-car" or "pro-bike".

Most of us use different transport modes throughout our lives, sometimes even in a single day, to move around our community.

One line stood out for me: "To choose a mode of movement, a system or network is needed - complete, connected, efficient, predictable and safe in both perception and reality."

That network could be safe bike routes for children riding to school or it could be the ability to ride to the station and catch a train to work.

Cycling is not the only answer to traffic congestion but it can be a cost-effective, healthy and practical solution. Wise investment in cycling infrastructure will deliver networks that help make our cities better places to live.

Ken Travers is shadow

transport minister

The West Australian

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