Active Transport is the New Buzz Word at the Department of Transport

Active Transport is the new buzz word at the Western Australian Department of Transport. Active Transport is the is the re-badged section of the Department of Transport’s website with a focus on  cycling and walking activities and behaviour change programs (TravelSmart  and Living Smart).

Active Transport at the Department of Transport


According to the Department of Transport, Active Transport provides a one-stop-shop for customers looking for information on active transport and sustainability.  Within each of the Active Transport sections you will find comprehensive information and resources for the community, local government, workplaces, schools and students.

What this means is that the same website information that was there before is still there, but now under the banner of Active Transport.

What a total waste of time this is. We have been waiting years for a Western Australian Bike Plan, we lack infrastructure such as a complete Principal Shared Path to Fremantle, the northern Principal Shared Path is a joke, we have a Department of Transport so incompetent that they need yet another review to review their stuff up with the Road Traffic Bicycles Regulations which have been a mess since 2002 when they where published and what do they focus on? Playing with their website!

I blogged in December 2011 the last response I received from Mr Reece Waldock, the Director General of the Department of Transport in respect to one aspect of the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Regulations 2002 which had been subject to a recent revision.  As a reminder here is Mr Waldock’s response from December 2011.  Keep in mind the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Regulations 2002 had just been revised, some eight years after they where first published and some two years after the Road Traffic Code 2000 was published. So for that eight years they where in contrast to the Road Traffic Code 2000.

DoT is aware that some inconsistencies between the Regulations and the Code remain and that other provisions may be out of date in relation to advances in modern bicycle design.

DoT is planning a further review of the Code and Regulations with a view to repealing unused or irrelevant regulations. The issues you have raised in relation to Regulation 224 of the Code will be considered as part of this process. DoT also intends to host public and stakeholder consultation sessions in conducting the review.

So the Department of Transport is aware; so what does it do? Play with its website.



6 Responses to Active Transport is the New Buzz Word at the Department of Transport

  1. Steven 15 March 2012 at 8:35 AM #

    Great post Andrew, check out web.archive for how the site used to work, and for the programs DoT used to run.
    Another plan for a plan? DoT staff are waiting to see if their budget submission will get up, so we wait for May and the NEXT financial year for potentially $10m a year psp work.
    Why can DoT and Main Roads not work together and fix the northern psp while they do the Freeway widening? They have the same Director General Reece Waldock.
    The answer is they arent about coordination but continually maintaining the silo approach.

  2. Aushiker 15 March 2012 at 10:57 AM #

    Thanks for you comments and the details. It will be interesting to see what develops.

  3. Greg 15 March 2012 at 11:09 AM #

    Don’t forget the PSP to Midland is also incomplete even though there is a section where cyclists frequently fall and injure themselves.

    So, DoT is planning a further review of the Code and Regulations. How long have they been planning that for and when will it get done?

    It seems extraordinary that since 2002 the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Regulations 2002 have only been amended once!

    • Aushiker 15 March 2012 at 11:18 AM #

      and from 2002, some two years after the Code was released they have been in conflict. Staggering that it took eight years to fix something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place and then they need another review to fix what they missed.

      Good point to about the Midland PSP. Some progress being made but seriously still well short of what should be be occurring.

      BTW does anyone know if Reece Waldock still the Director of the Public Transport Authority? He didn’t think much of cyclists in that role either from my experience dealing with his office.

  4. perthbiker 15 March 2012 at 10:48 PM #

    Yes, lots of effort on image and not a lot on results. I am also sick of hearing about “stakeholder consultation” from state government departments.

    • Aushiker 16 March 2012 at 5:58 AM #

      Yes. Interesting the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan is a draft yet the way the Minister is talking it is the plan. Then of course if it is a draft, when we ever see the actual plan? Yet more “consultation” and little action.

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