Cyclists and high speed motorised traffic just don’t mix. Most of our proposed investment to 2029 is dedicated to bike lanes and paths and upgrading intersections so that cars and bikes no longer compete for road space.
Much of the task to see Perth become one of the best bicycle cities by 2029 lies in a huge retrofitting effort. Bike Vision identifies five components that will form the network:
• At least 300km of Principle Shared Paths that will complete our ‘bike freeways’ network – Bike Vision will fill the current 137km gap and add new routes.
• At least 2000km of Local Bike Routes – Bike Vision will fill the current 641km gap and transform the network into a series of 177 ‘bike boulevards’, as originally planned, to complete a series of well marked, safe bike routes through our local streets and connect our local destinations.
• An entirely new 2000km network of protected Crosstown Bike Paths. Bike Vision will deliver a new network of long, continuous routes that will get cyclists anywhere to anywhere in Perth, located mostly on district distributor (sub-arterial) roads to connect neighbourhoods, major destinations and all of Perth’s 123 Activity Centres.
• An entirely new network of 1800 km of Safe Routes to schools, train stations, and major employment hubs
• An entirely new 120km Greenways network that provides safe, continuous, separate bikeways running through our most beautiful natural assets such as bushland, parklands and wetlands across the metropolitan area. Our plan will introduce at least one north, east, south and west greenway which will compliment and link up with our existing Recreational shared paths.
Best practice principles for cycling infrastructure are clearly spelt out in the Austroads standards and described as minimum standards - which is why it’s so puzzling to see them so widely abused in Perth. They have been improved on by Bicycle Network Victoria, Australia’s leading bicycle advocacy group. Bicycle Network Victoria currently provide the clearest guidance on what constitutes best practice for bike paths in Australia.
Best practice for bicycle infrastructure uses three rules:
1. The degree of separation should increase as traffic volume and speed increases
2. Bike lanes should be highly visible and of consistent treatment; and
3. Intersections, roundabouts and traffic lights should have bike friendly road treatments and bike lanes should be clearly marked across minor intersections and potential conflict points.
BUILDING A SAFE CYCLING NETWORK
Authorised by Chris Dickinson & Adam Duncan, the Greens (WA), Ground Floor 445 Hay St Perth