The City is presenting a proposal to ‘re-purpose’the now redundant bus lane in Barrack Street as a cycle lane: BarrackSt_TemporaryCycleLanes_Cyclists
The City plans to seize the opportunity to temporarily ‘re-purpose’ the bus lane as a cycle lane. Many cyclists currently use the footpath because of the lack of a safe cycle infrastructure in Barrack Street.
Although the City has plans to introduce cycle lanes to Barrack Street in the near future, it is now possible to provide cyclists with a dedicated lane prior to the ultimate arrangement being in place. This would be an important step in changing the focus of the street to people by creating a more pedestrian orientated and cycle-friendly street environment.
How It Would Work
The bus lane will be divided into two cycle lanes – south-north and north-south. For safety, the cycle lanes would be physically separated from the traffic lanes.
The Red and Blue CAT buses that continue to operate in Barrack St will travel in the general traffic lane and pull into the kerb to pick up and drop off passengers at the new single bus stop location between Hay and Murray Street.
In order to avoid the interaction of bus and cyclists, cyclists would be directed into a ‘shared zone’ on the footpath directly behind the bus stop area. Pedestrians would have priority in this ‘shared zone’ and cyclists would need to be extra vigilant and take care.
If approved, the temporary lanes will be installed in early April 2104 and remain in place at least until early 2015.
The City of Perth welcomes your comments on this idea by 7 February 2014
(The image comes from the Perth Urbanist)