Force pedal bikes off the roads, says Cambridge councillor Rod Bradley. Both tax and ratepayersâ€™ money is being wasted building bike paths that either go nowhere or are ignored, he says. Mr Bradley failed to persuade fellow councillors to campaign for fines for cyclists who ride on roads where cycle paths exist.
â€œWe spend money providing bicycle facilities and cycleways and cyclists do not use them,â€ he said. â€œThen there are cycle paths like the one at the intersection of The Boulevard and West Coast Highway that just fizzle out and cyclists are left riding along next to humungous trucks.â€
Mr Bradley highlighted the recent case of a Wembley woman Anne McAnearney who was knocked off her feet in a collision with a lycra-clad bike rider on the dual-use path around Lake Monger. He slammed a proposal to put up signs along the path. â€œMrs McAnearney was walking along on the side she was supposed to be on, as we are going to tell her to do, and most likely the cyclist was travelling on the left side, as we are going to tell him to do,â€ he said. â€œCyclists do not watch where they are going, they put their heads down.â€
Councillor Sonia Grinceri said Cambridge council was not the place to discuss changes to the Road Traffic Act. â€œI know it is a particular cause of councillor Bradley. Perhaps he should investigate ways of being seconded to the Bikewest committee,â€ she said.
I have penned the following response to the Post.
With reference to Councillor’s Bradley recent comments published in the Post about cyclists not using dual use paths (shared paths), I would like to take this opportunity to test Councillors Bradley’s statement.Â The Department of Transport has in place in numerous locations around Perth, 24/7 bicycle traffic counters located on a number of principal shared paths (PSP) and with one is located on the Perth-Bunbury highway which I assume this one is also on a dual use path.Â Details of these traffic counters can be found at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/cycling/19930.asp. Whilst there does not appear to be a permanent counter in the Town of Cambridge, I would suggest that the data collected goes some way to suggesting that Councillor Bradley is factually incorrect.Â According to the data, there where 2,731,433 bicycle counts in 2009. That is right, over 2.7 million bicycle counts. Maybe Councillor Bradley can explain how 2.7 million bicycle counts equates to no one using shared paths?
With respect to the photo and the Councillor Bradley’s comment about the Boulevard and West Coast Highway path that he suggests “just fizzle out and cyclists are left riding along next to humungous trucks.â€Â Well maybe Councillor Bradley is talking about a different, The Boulevard/West Coast Highway intersection, but I ride down to West Coast Highway on The Boulevard most mornings on my extended commute to Joondalup and I have no problems at all crossing West Coast Highway and continuing along the dual use path that runs parallel to West Coast Highway. I can even turn south to Fremantle and make use of the dual use path and eventually a “bicycle lane” on West Coast Highway – Curtin Avenue. But then, I ride my bicycle lawfully as a vehicle.
I have also just completed a 1000 km bicycle tour from Esperance to Perth via Norseman where I shared the roads with numerous vehicles including two-trailer road trains and oh my god, we managed to share the road together in a responsible and safe manner. My thanks by the way to those responsible safe drivers.Â Maybe this is something that Councillor Bradley should be focusing his efforts on. Making the use of our roads safe for ALL.
In closing I suggest that it would be helpful if Councillor Bradley took appropriate steps to be informed before making such comments about usage and the like and more so that the Post took steps to test the veracity of what it publishes. Isn’t that what journalism is about after all?Â My thanks also to Councillor Grinceri for her responsible comments.