City of Perth’s Community Forum – 24th August 2011

BTA’s Board Member Roland Parrotte recently attended City of Perth’s Community Forum where once again he submitted several cycling infrastructure questions to the forum.  The CEO of Perth indicated there were too many questions to respond verbally at the forum, and the City finally provided responses last week.  Below is the questions and answers provided.

Thanks very much for participating in the community forum, it was great to see so many interested members of the community there :). Below are the answers to the questions you submitted. Also attached is a feedback form for the forum, any comments you have on how we can improve these sessions would be greatly appreciated when you have a moment.

Question 1:-
City of Perth’s Works and Urban Development Committee minutes dated 15-Aug-2011 (WK172/11 Draft Cycle Plan – Progress Update) indicates that the Administration Recommendation was lapsed due to lack of a mover.  This has resulted in a delay of several months of the Cycle Plan being released for public comment which will lead to a delay in the issues identified in the report being actioned.  The CEO of Perth verbally indicated at the Public Forum held on 18-Apr-2011 that the Cycle Plan would be released for public comment in May 2011.
What is the delay in releasing the Cycle Plan from the verbally announced date of May 2011?
Answer 1:-
The draft cycle plan is a very complex and strategic document and has taken longer to develop than first anticipated.

Question 2:-
The City of Perth’s Sustainable Transport Officer who reported WK172/11 Draft Cycle Plan – Progress Update as well as WK139/11 Cycling Activity Update, has since resigned from City of Perth.  What were her reasons for resignation?  What impact will this have on the release of the Cycle Plan?  Is her resignation linked to the City of Perth not releasing the Draft Cycle Plan?
Answer 2:-
The resignation of a City officer is a personal matter and the resignation is not linked to the Cycle Plan. The City has already advertised for the position to be refilled and is hoping that a suitably qualified and appropriate person can be found quickly to minimise any further delays.

Question 3:-
Barrack St is currently being dug up due to installation of Western Power power cables.  Given that the location of this work is exactly where the City of Perth planned to install cycle lanes as part of the Barrack St upgrade, but failed to complete, why can’t the City of Perth install the cycle lanes once Western Power have completed their work?  Please provide an exact date when cycle lanes will be installed on Barrack St as per the original scope of development work presented by the City in 2009.
Answer 3:-
There are no fixed plans yet for cycle lanes in Barrack Street. The overall strategy needs to be considered and commented on by the public before the plan is finalised and any specific projects can be budgeted and built.

Question 4:-
Please provide a break-down on cycling improvements that have been identified in the 2011/12 Budget.  When will these be started and expected completion date?
Answer 4:-
There are no details on proposed projects or expenditure. This cannot happen until a final Cycle Plan is adopted.

Question 5:-
William St is still unable to be travelled North around 140 William St.  There are signs indicating that this development would be completed in June 2011.  Why hasn’t this section of the road been re-opened for travel?  Given that this section of road has been closed now for 12 months, why can’t this be converted into pedestrian and cycle routes?
Answer 5:-
The developer at Raine Square has taken longer to build their underground tunnel to the station than first anticipated. It remains a construction site and will then be needed for all forms of traffic and transport once the building works are complete.

Questions 6 to 15:-
·        What dedicated cycle lanes where installed in calendar year 2008 in the City of Perth?
·        What dedicated cycle lanes where installed in calendar year 2009 in the City of Perth?
·        What dedicated cycle lanes where installed in calendar year 2010 in the City of Perth?
·        What dedicated cycle lanes where installed/scheduled to be installed in calendar year 2011 in the City of Perth?
·        What dedicated cycle lanes are scheduled to be installed in calendar year 2012 in the City of Perth?
·        What shared paths where installed in calendar year 2008 in the City of Perth?
·        What shared paths where installed in calendar year 2009 in the City of Perth?
·        What shared paths where installed in calendar year 2010 in the City of Perth?
·        What shared paths where installed/scheduled to be installed in calendar year 2011 in the City of Perth?
·        What shared paths are scheduled to be installed in calendar year 2012 in the City of Perth?
Answers 6 to 15:-
There are various cycle lanes or shared paths around the City (for example, The Foreshore, Roe Street, Aberdeen Street, and the PSP adjacent to Freeway) that have been very successful for many years. The City will be considering a ‘finer grain’ of cycling network through the core of the City as part of the Cycle Plan. Implementation will only occur after this plan has had public comment and a final plan adopted.

Question 16:-
Given that other capital cities are increasing cycling infrastructure (please see WK139/11), is City of Perth providing similar cycling improvements compared to other capital cities in Australia?  If so, please provide examples of these improvements?
Answer 16:-
Perth has an existing cycle network that provides good access to the city. The purpose of the Cycle Plan is now to identify what infrastructure and network changes are required within the city centre.

I look forward to seeing you next time. If we can assist you further in any way, please feel free to contact our offices.
Regards,
Governance Officer
Corporate Support
City of Perth

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.