Perth cyclists on a path to pain

From Perth Now:

TROUBLE: Bicycle Transportation Alliance WA convenor Steven McKiernan is concerned about cyclists safety. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: PerthNow

A SERIOUS crash that left a cyclist with a broken neck could have been avoided with improvements to one of the city’s worst cycle paths, it was claimed yesterday.

The claim by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance comes as the RAC launches its first survey aimed at cyclists.

In May, a cyclist was hospitalised after breaking his neck, losing four teeth and suffering partial memory loss in the head-on crash, which happened as he came around a bend in the path in West Perth and hit another cyclist.

The BTA has been lobbying for safety upgrades along the City West shared path for four years. The RAC’s Cycle Survey, launched today, will gauge feedback about trouble spots, the standard of Perth’s cycle network, and what stops more people cycling.

Head of member advocacy Matt Brown said the popularity of cycling in the past decade and the subsequent rise in injuries meant more scrutiny was needed.

“Cyclists know what has to be done to improve the cycle path networks in WA and the hot spots that are continuously a risk for riders, and this is their chance to speak up,” he said.

BTA convenor Steven McKiernan called for immediate action to revamp the stretch of City West path, which runs alongside the railway line between Campbell and Delhi streets.

“I have no doubt that the design of the path contributed to the (May) accident,” he said. “We’ve highlighted this as a potential outcome from this design and we’ve been pleading with the relevant decision-makers for a number of years, but we get nothing but short shrift.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said a planned $120,000 project to install islands to slow and separate riders into two lanes at the main City West train station pedestrian crossing would increase safety at the site.

To complete the survey, visit RAC.

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