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The Honourable Rita Saffioti, Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands in the Western Australian State Government has released a media statement [December 14, 2017) announcing the construction of a 4.9 kilometre dual-use path through the Tamala Conservation Park connecting the coastal settlements of Mindarie with Burns Beach.
According to the Minister the path will cost in the vicinity of $2 million dollars and will be the “final link” in a 58 kilometre coastal route from Quinns Rock “almost all the way to Fremantle.” The chosen alignment for the dual use pathway will ensure the protection of the foredune system and minimal vegetation disturbance while optimising coastal views and appropriate path levels to suit all users.
Whilst it is great to see the path being extended, the continued failure to address the connectivity to Fremantle is frustrating. We need proper commuter/recreational bicycle rider connection link across Tydeman Road and the Swan River but alas this continues to get ignored both by the current government and previous ones.
Bicycle riding is getting a bit of a run in the Fremantle Gazette in November 2017. Bicycle helmets being the latest topic of discussion.
The Western Australian safe passing laws came into effect in Western Australia on November 30, 2017. So please do share your experiences of riding under the new laws. Any evidence of improvements in behaviour? Have you met Mr Trevor Plaisted on the road? 🙂
Referring to Mr Trevor Plaisted and his comments as published it seems across in all 17 of Community Newspaper Group’s mastheads it was with interest, that in the same week, Road.cc is reporting on a study which finds Hi-Viz does not improve safety for bicycle riders. So from me, it is a resounding No Mr Plaisted. No amount of hi-viz is going to make up for anyone’s poor driving skills or lack of care and consideration on our roads.
I written a quick reply to the Fremantle Gazette and the Western Suburbs Weekly. Please do consider writing to at least your local Community Newspaper in response to Mr Peter Plaisted. They have a contact form you can use to quickly send a letter to the editor at your chosen publication.
With the greatest respect and genuine concern [Fine time as bike passing laws kick in, November 28, 2017], I suggest Mr Plaisted should seriously focus on his obesity concerns and worry less about a few seconds delay getting to the next set of traffic lights or how to move the steering wheel in his truck to change lanes.
Mr Plaisted if you cannot pass safely then yes you need to wait, just like you need to wait for those buses on Canning Highway. Your “inconvenience” [seriously is a few seconds really that a big an issue for you?] is no justification for bullying a person simply because they ride a bike.
As to the Hi-Viz comment: please ensure you focus on your driving and observing what is happening in front of you Mr Plaisted; that is a far smarter and beneficial safety feature.
In closing, I genuinely welcome the new safe passing laws and look forward to a safer environment for all road users, including Mr Plaisted.
Remember it is simply a matter of common sense, care and courtesy.
I also wish to balance my sporting activities a bit more between cycling and running so the Defy will make a nice sportive ride for sub-50 km training rides. To setup the bike to suit my intended purposes I will be making some changes to the standard build and will document them here as they get sorted.
This blog post was last updated on November 27, 2017 and at 101.5 kilometres on the bike.
Documenting the initial bike specifications and setup.