Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan was recently joined by Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and South Perth Mayor James Best on their bikes, to experience firsthand cycling and pedestrian hotspots along the Swan River, from East Perth to Narrows Bridge.
Initiatives discussed by the Minister and the Mayors included:
· widening shared paths from the current 1.8m to 3m;
· adding new separated paths along the foreshore;
· the need for more bike racks at the Bell Tower;
· improved lighting in the Causeway tunnel and the addition of a pedestrian path;
· the possibility of a high speed cyclist-only path along the South Perth foreshore;
· a new pedestrian path at the Perth end of the Narrows Bridge to ease pressure on the current shared path; and
· signage on separated paths to clearly indicate paths for cyclists and pedestrians.
Ms MacTiernan said the State Government would also look into the possibility of a designated bike lane along Riverside Drive.
“We will now work together on an upgrade plan,” she said.
South Perth Mayor James Best said walking and cycling were extremely popular activities along the South Perth foreshore and safety issues associated with fast cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same path had to be addressed.
“Safety is paramount and a review of the pathway system is desirable,” Mr Best said.
“The State Government is working with us to identify problem areas with a view to reducing the safety hazards that come with conflicting use of the paths.”
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the City of Perth was committed to working closely with the State Government to ensure cycling and pedestrian hotspots were addressed as soon as possible.
“Getting out and around the river, either on bike or foot, is a trademark of this city and we need to ensure the paths around the Swan River are safe and accessible for all users to enjoy for many years to come,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“Aside from the fitness aspect, environmental consciousness is becoming a priority for many people.”
In a further boost for cycling infrastructure, Ms MacTiernan today announced the allocation of $106,000 of funding from the 2007-08 Perth Bicycle Network (PBN) Local Government Grant Program.
The grants awarded today include:
· The City of Gosnells - $43,000 to upgrade a 430m section of path in Pioneer Park to a 2.5m wide concrete shared path;
· The City of Canning - $27,000 to upgrade a 1,060m section of path along the Shelley Foreshore to a 3m-wide red asphalt shared path;
· The City of Armadale - $15,000 towards construction of a section of the
Perth-to-Armadale Principal Shared Path, from Armadale Road to Forrest Road; and
· Town of Claremont - $21,000 to upgrade a 160m section of path adjacent to Stirling Highway in Claremont to a 2.5m-wide concrete path.
“The Perth Bicycle Network program strengthens the partnership between State and local governments in delivering high quality cycling infrastructure,” the Minister said.
“A total of $999,429 in PBN grants were awarded for 2007-08 and 97 applications were received; there’s a strong demand for cycling infrastructure right across the metropolitan area.
“These grants demonstrate that we take enormous pride in delivering a safe, sustainable environment for both cyclists and pedestrians.”Minister's office - 9213 6400