Three members of BTAWA Board recently attended City of Perth’s community forum, which related to several changes occuring in Perth CBD.
Prior to the event, I provided several questions relating to cycling infrastructure. Questions (in bold) and responses below:
Of the 2008 Gehl Public Spaces Public Life report, what identified cycling infrastructure has been implemented by City of Perth?
The City has implemented or is implementing the following cycling infrastructure:-
Planned Bi-directional Bike Path in Wellington Street. Bicycle Lanes in Aberdeen Street. Bicycle-friendly environment in the Northbridge Piazza on James Street. Bicycle-friendly environment in The Esplanade. Additional bike rails have been provided in City Enhancement Projects.
If the answer to the above is none, could the CoP indicate when these recommendations will be implemented?
In the Gehl report, St Georges Terrace was identified as dedicated cycle lanes (see page 96) and yet the City of Perth is spending $X millions on upgrading it now. What is the cost of this upgrade and why has the CoP ignored the findings of an internationally recognised expert? The St Georges Terrace Enhancement is approximately $15 million.
The Gehl Report is a guide only. The City consulted with various departments of State Government and it was agreed that buses and bikes in the Terrace would not be appropriate.
How much did the Gehl report cost the City of Perth?
$250,000, half funded with the Department of Planning.
Why has the City of Perth ignored public feedback on Urban Design Framework (UDF) provided 29 March 2010? This feedback provided references to the Gehl report which showed that the UDF did not have St Georges Terrace as dedicated cycling lanes. Why then did the City announce and start the development of St Georges Terrace towards the end of 2010?
Refer to Question 3.
Why are the new footpaths on St Georges Terrace so wide? What hourly number of pedestrians is this designed to support? What is the average hourly pedestrian passage on this section of St Georges Terrace?
On average, the increase width is approximately 1.6 metres more than originally. Approximately 100,000 people use the Terrace. Also, over 6,000 people get on / off buses in this central section of the Terrace per day.
Why has the City upgraded several major roads in the CBD including and not limited to, William Street, The Esplanade, St Georges Terrace, Barrack Street, and Wellington Street, of which NONE have included dedicated cycle lanes?
The Jan Gehl Report suggested The Esplanade should be ‘cycle-friendly’ and not have dedicated lanes. This is what that City has implemented.
Barrack Street is ear-marked to have bicycle space / lanes all the way through from the Foreshore to the principle shared path on Roe Street. However, this all needs to have been programmed around other transport changes such as the implementation of 2-way traffic.
Wellington Street is being designed to have a slow-speed bi-directional path on its north side. This kind of dedicated space will not work in front of the Train Station and therefore a shared zone is most likely to occur here over time.
The Urban Design Framework (page 47) shows the only new dedicated cycle lane being Barrack Street. Why was Barrack Street upgraded last year and why did it not include the dedicated cycle lane? When will this be installed, in particular, as the original material shown on the City’s website relating to the Barrack Street project also showed cycle lanes being installed last year?
Refer to Question 7. When and how the lanes in Barrack Street can be implemented is dependant upon on timing and logistics.
Cyclists are now putting up black painted bikes around the Perth CBD with signs asking why there are no cycle lanes in the CBD? Can the City provide a comment on why this is occurring?
The City understands that Mr Parrotte is responsible for the placement of these bicycles, perhaps Mr Parrotte can answer this question.
The CoP has local laws including Local Government Property law which states ‘A person shall not take or ride a bicycle or wheeled recreational device on any local government property except upon an area specified by a sign erected on the local government property’. Does this mean that I can not park in the provided bike racks at Council House due to this local law as these are located on local government property and this no signs erected? If this is the case, why have the bike racks? What other bike racks are located on City property which cyclists are prevented from using due to this local law?
Cyclists are encouraged to park and use any bicycle racks and parking facilities provided by the City of Perth on public streets and at Council House.
What dedicated cycle lanes have been or are schedule to be installed for calendar years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in Perth?
The City is currently finalising a draft Cycle Plan that will, amongst other things, recommend improvements to the current cycling network including dedicated space for people using bicycles. This is expected to be released for public comment in August/Sept 2011.
What new shared paths have been or are scheduled to be installed for calendar years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in Perth?
Refer to Question 11.
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the City.
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