The City of Perth has approved and released for public consumption its City of Perth Cycle Plan 2029 and more importantly its Implementation Program 2012 – 2017. The Cycle Plan 2029 covers the long term goals (two goals) and strategic vision the City has for cycling, while the delivery of the plan is covered in the Implementation Program 2012 – 2017.
The City of Perth’s Goals for Cycling
- Cyclists of various abilities will have access to an integrated, accessible and safe strategic cycle network;
- The City of Perth will have an informed community that participate in cycling and both acknowledge and appreciate the environmental,economic and social benefits that cycling provides.
Goal 1 will be achieved through the completion of the strategic cycle network to introduce key east-west and north-south routes and implement complementing key infrastructure.
The strategic cycle network is being classified into four routes or zones:
- Regional routes including the existing principal shared paths, recreational shared paths and shared paths. Regional routes are about connecting major destinations in the wider metro area and are built to cater for high levels of cyclists;
- City cycle routes are likely to be dedicated on road cycle lanes (think painted white lines) and possibly separated lanes with the aim of connecting regional routes and major destinations I presume within the city;
- Integrated cycling routes are slow-speed bicycle friendly routes to facilitate connectivity to destinations in the urban environment (don’t you love the language);
- Pedestrian priority zones are areas with concentrated cultural, social and recreational uses. They can accommodate slow-speed cycling.
Goal 2 will be achieved through the City of Perth playing an active role in the encouragement and promotion of cycling, through the City of Perth providing more education and training for all road users and through the City of Perth increasing the viability of cycling to develop an inclusive and vibrant cycling culture.
Funding the Cycle Plan 2029
The City of Perth has allocated financial resources over the next five years for the implementation of the plan. It appears that the City is looking to use funds from the Perth Parking Licensing Account (Perth Parking Fund), Perth Bicycle Network Grants (State Government grants program), Department of Transport and also Infrastructure Australia and Office of Road Safety grants.
It appears that the City of Perth is looking to external funding for the implementation program which does raise questions about how much will actually occur. The Perth Bicycle Network Grants are a competitive grant, limited in value and based on previous years grants are not likely to result in substantial funding to the City of Perth.
Implementation Program 2012-2017
The proposed implementation program is detailed in a separate document, the Implementation Program 2012-2017. The implementation program indicates the projects that are scheduled to take place between 2014 – 2017. The key word here is “scheduled”; actual outcomes will have to be seen. Hopefully the City of Perth sticks to its schedule.
The schedule is detailed in the implementation program document but the overview of what is proposed over the next five years is as follows:
Strategic Cycle Network Projects for 2012 – 2013
Implement Key East to West and North to South Connections – The projects in this section will seek to enhance the existing cycle network, which provides connections into the city. This entails works on Stirling Street (on road cycle lanes and signs), Aberdeen Street (on road cycle lanes and signs), Barrack Street Bridge (signs), Wellington Street and William Street.
Strategic Cycle Network Projects for 2013 – 2014
Continue the implementation of key east to west and north to south connections. From a cyclist perspective the major works in this period are based on Barrack Street, Mounts Bay Road (unclear as to what is proposed) and Murray Street.
Strategic Cycle Network Projects for 2014 – 2017
- 2014 – 2015 Implement West Perth Strategic Cycle Network
- 2015 – 2016 Implement East Perth Strategic Cycle Network
- 2016 – 2017 Implement North Perth Strategic Cycle Network
If you are interested these projects please refer to Appendix C in the Implementation Program 2012-2017 for an overview of the proposed projects.
Maintenance of the Strategic Cycle Network 2012 – 2017
The City of Perth has also made a commitment to within the first two years of the Implementation Program 2012-2017 to devise a strategy which proactively maintains all existing and new cycle infrastructure. Well I guess this is a good thing as the City of Perth has not performed well in this regard to date. I hope also that the City of Perth accepts reports by Neatstreets unlike the attitude adopted by the Department of Transport Director General, Mr Reece Waldock.
The City of Perth has stated that its maintenance strategy will be developed between City Design Unit, Works and Services, and Parks and Landscapes and will include issues such as regular path sweeping and resurfacing programmes for cycle paths and on-road facilities.
As the strategic cycle network is developed the City of Perth will also investigate the possibility of creating a website available to the public where maintenance issues can be reported. Yep we need yet another hazard reporting website, not. There are more than enough ways to report hazards now. What we need is a good response to hazards.
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