Push for dedicated cycle lanes in CBD

From Guardian Express:

A CYCLIST is campaigning for dedicated cycle lanes to be brought into the Perth CBD.

Bicycle Transport Alliance member Roland Parrotte rides a 52km round trip every day but avoids riding through the CBD due to “so many gaps”in the cycling infrastructure.

“For example from the north, the shared paths just stops and you are competing with cars, or stuck behind a bus breathing in exhaust fumes,” Mr Parrotte said.

He said 10 bikes with signs had been placed around the CBD as a statement that the significant St Georges Terrace road works did not include cycling infrastructure .

Separate cycle lanes allowed bikes to travel more efficiently and safely.

“Lots of other capital cities have implemented dedicated cycle lanes. In Perth, we have I think two sections, and they don’t go anywhere –take a look at Murray Street cycle lane and no-one uses it as they don’t go anywhere,” he said.

He believes the City of Perth will continue to be car-dominated unless there are changes in attitudes to support cycling.

City acting chief executive Peter Monks said Barrack Street was earmarked to have bicycle lanes from the foreshore to the principal shared park on Roe Street, with a bi-directional bike path planned for Wellington Street.

Mr Monks said the City was finalising a draft Cycle Plan that would recommend improvements to the existing network such as dedicated space for people using bicycles including the areas where the bicycles had been placed.

He said there were new bicycle lanes in Aberdeen Street with the lanes progressively brought in as works were completed.

“Bicycle-friendly environments have been provided in the Northbridge Piazza on James Street and in the recently completed streetworks on The Esplanade,” he said.

Mr Monks explained that more than 1200 people had responded to the City’s initial public consultation last August which included “thousands” of requests and suggestions for cycling in the City.

These would be factored into the draft Cycle Plan with the most popular requests for cycle lanes to be put in St Georges Terrace, Wellington Street, Barrack Street, William Street, The Causeway, Hay Street, Murray Street and Milligan Street.

He recommended interested members of the public signed up at perth.wa.gov.au/cycleplan for updates on cycling in the City to keep up to date on the plan’s development.

About Roland

I returned to cycling around 5 years ago, when I decided to start commuting by bike to work. I'm now cycling around 13,500km's annually, and love it.