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INFRASTRUCTURE + ENGINEERING
Barrack Street, previously a one-way street with three busy
northbound traffic lanes, now accommodates dedicated cycle
lanes in each direction. At signalised intersections, head-start
boxes and cycle lanterns are provided, and cyclists are given
a head start, allowing them to set off before general traffic.
Armadillos, or raised separators, are provided on the approach
to the intersection, which help to prevent vehicles encroaching
into the cycle lane.
As part of this project, a real-time cycle counter was also
installed. It displays daily and yearly totals of the number of
people riding along the street -- the daily average is currently
around 700 cyclists. The counter not only offers invaluable data,
but also acts as an encouragement tool for people passing by
who can clearly see how many people are choosing to cycle -- it
plants the seed that maybe one day they should try it.
The City works closely with the state government to deliver
many of its cycling projects as part of larger capital works and
urban redevelopment programs. Recent examples include
Elizabeth Quay and Perth Stadium, which both included new
shared cycling and pedestrian bridges; the Charles Street Bus
Bridge project, which includes an extension of a shared path
along Roe Street (currently under construction); and Perth
City Link, which will deliver a fully separated cycle path on the
northern side of Wellington Street.
Supporting infrastructure is critical to maintaining and
growing cycling numbers. The City has installed hundreds of
on-street bicycle parking rails, many at the request of local
businesses. The City is working with the Public Transport
Authority to deliver secure bicycle parking at train stations in the
local government area -- the first at Perth City Station opened
late last year. The City has also installed three premium bike-
repair stations along the riverside shared-path network, which
have been well received by the community.
The Cycle Plan recognises the importance of
encouragement, promotion and education to develop an
inclusive and vibrant cycling culture. Fortunately, Western
Australia has very active and passionate cycling advocacy and
representative groups. The City collaborates with, and supports,
these groups where it can, and will continue to develop these
The City has been involved in a range of cycling-focused
education, encouragement and promotional initiatives. Last
year, this included a Bike Week Breakfast for 500 cyclists, free bike
maintenance and coffee pop-ups, basic bike maintenance and
cycle confidence courses for those new to riding, revitalising
route maps, and creating a series of cycle safety animations.
The City's commitment since the release of the Cycle Plan
has translated into a higher proportion of people choosing to
cycle. Permanent bicycle counters on the PSP network near the
CBD showed a 32 per cent increase between 2011 and 2015.
The Narrows Bridge now brings in well over 2000 riders each
work day; this figure is commensurate with cyclists using the
Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other counters reveal cycling growth in
areas where new infrastructure has been delivered -- the number
of cyclists at the intersection of Barrack Street and St Georges
Terrace grew by 49 per cent between 2015 and 2016 when the
new cycle lanes opened.
The City is currently reviewing the Cycle Plan, which is now
five years old. A new plan is needed, not only to guide the City
through the next phase of implementation, but to also ensure
that some key changes are appropriately considered. This
includes implications for the City's recent boundary changes,
and the new overarching Transport Strategy, as well as new
and updated strategic plans released by the state government,
including Perth and Peel@3.5million and a revised WA Bicycle
Cycling in Perth is not perfect; there is still a lot of work to
do. But the vision is strong and the commitment is growing -- at
all levels of government and within the wider community. Perth
is becoming a more cycle-friendly city, and Council is looking
forward to continuing its work building a healthier, activated
and more sustainable capital in which cycling plays a key role.
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