Planning Western Australia recently released the Capital City Planning Framework (Part A and Part B) which sets out a spatial strategy for Central Perth, the 12 kilometre by 12 kilometre area around the city centre. The framework presents a view on how the objectives of Directions 2031 and Beyond and the Central Metropolitan Perth Sub-regional Strategy can be delivered in this focus area. It also provides overarching principles to guide and complement local government plans, such as the City of Perth publication An Urban Design Framework.
The draft framework is currently available for public comment. I have taken the opportunity to make a written submission (it follows).
I thank you for this opportunity to make a submission on the draft Capital City Planning Framework. As my interest in the Framework is from a cyclistâ€™s perspective I will focus my submission on the aspects of the Framework of relevance to myself as a cyclist.
From an overall perspective, I would like to make two comments:
(1) I am very concerned at the lack of reference and it would appear on the face of it consideration and incorporation into the Framework of the principles and objectives of the Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016. I would hope, no expect in a 2011 planning document of this nature, that inclusion of broader of strategies such as the National Cycling Strategy is a give. I hope that the final Framework adopts a more inclusive view.
(2) It concerns me that we still have no Perth Bicycle Plan and I note that the Framework alludes to this. Once again we seem to have this lack of direction in planning. This Framework should be developed to reflect the Perth Bicycle Network Plan just as that Plan needs to be urgently published for comment to ensure it is reflective of a modern future with a greater focus on alternative transport.
The balance of my comments relate to various aspects of section 5.3 Movement.
(3) I support the sentiments expressed under the headings of congestion, social inclusion, environment, health and safety and growth demographics on page 42.
(4) Referring to 5.3.1 Key concept 8: A city with streets for movement and activity. I note the comment, â€œAlthough Central Perth will remain highly dependent on private vehicles for most daily trips in the near term, this steady shift to public transport, cycling and walking will make Central Perth more liveable.â€ I suggest that there is little to no shift evident in the City of Perth towards cycling as evidenced by recent re-developments of St George’s Terrace. Whilst this is a positive sentiment, we are falling well short with the current City of Perth taking us in the opposite direction. I note also on page 43 a reference to â€œreallocation of road space for â€¦ cycling.â€ I question the veracity of this statement, as there is little to no evidence in my experience of this occurring; it could be argued that the opposite is in fact is occurring.
(5) Referring to 5.3.7 The bicycle network. I support the general ethos put forward in the Framework with the exception of my comments in dot point seven. I also refer back to my earlier comments on the Perth Bicycle Network Plan and question the value of the map in the Framework given the lack of a Plan.
(6) In developing a bicycle network such as suggested in 5.3.7 it should be understood that such a network needs to work in the interest of commuter cyclists and like motorists commuter cyclists require well designed fast flowing infrastructure that results in efficient movement from A to B. Meandering bicycle routes do not achieve this. It should also be noted that bicycles are vehicles as defined in the Road Traffic Code 2000 and hence have a legal presence on the road. Road design should be reflective of this rather than an approach, which tries to force cyclists on to less than optimal bicycle routes.
(7) It appears from the map on page 48 that Cambridge Street is proposed as a strategic principal bike route when the Town of Vincent is in fact putting in cycling infrastructure on Salvado Road to achieve the same outcome. It appears that the Framework needs to be updated to reflect the â€œon the groundâ€ developments and a better linkage to what is happening in the various municipalities. The proposed development of Salvado Road has gained support in the cycling community; please lets maximise that support development, not undermine it.
If you are interested in making a submission, submissions close 19 September 2011. They can be made via email to email@example.com or via the post to:
Western Australian Planning Commission
Locked Bag 2506
Perth WA 6000
There is a quick and dirty submission form that can be filled out if you don’t want to go to the trouble of writing up a submission such as I have done.