New purpose-built mountain bike trails will be developed across the South-West, as part of a plan to promote Western Australia as a destination for one of the world's fastest growing sports.
The South West Mountain Bike Master Plan was recently released, which identified areas for future mountain bike trail development.
The master plan has identified Collie, Margaret River and Pemberton as high priority areas for trail development.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife will continue working with the mountain biking community to build more trails across the South-West on land managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, in line with the master plan's recommendations.
There has been increasing demand for purpose-built facilities and a more managed approach towards mountain biking in WA, and this plan is part of responding to that demand, particularly since the release of the WA Mountain Bike Strategy earlier this year.
It is expected that the new trails will attract mountain bikers from all over Australia and the world.
Mountain biking has become incredibly popular in recent years - there are 120,000 mountain bikes purchased each year in WA and almost half a million West Australians now own one - new trails will not only bring more cycling enthusiasts to our South-West, but also encourage more people to get outdoors on two wheels.
The new networks of trails will be a great reason to get the bike out and visit the South-West on a network of well-managed, well-constructed trails in stunning natural settings.
The master plan was prepared by WA's peak cycling body WestCycle with support from the departments of Parks and Wildlife and Sport and Recreation, and the WA Mountain Bike Association. A master plan for the Perth and Peel regions is currently in development.
You can download a copy of the plan from the Westcycle website.

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