CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE: WA Labor Calls for Improved Cycling Infrastructure

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Eric Ripper and Co - Photo: Dominique Menegaldo

Opposition Leader and leader of the WA Labor Party has called for action on addressing the issues of the Hutton Street, Cedric Street and Karrinyup Road freeway intersections on the Mitchell Freeway according. It is good to see Eric Ripper and other Labor party members actually experiencing first hand what cyclists experience daily on this section of the Mitchell PSP. Now when can we expect to see the Minister of Transport, Troy Buswell, get on his bike and experience the same section instead of those token Mayor’s ride held each year? Is that asking too much from the Minister? I suspect so 🙁

You can read more on what Mr Ripper has to say on cycling infrastructure and the missing WA bicycle network plan in the In My Community article by Liam Croy reproduced below.

OPPOSITION leader Eric Ripper says Perth cyclists are suffering on substandard cycle infrastructure while the State Government stalls on its new bicycle network plan.

After riding from State Parliament to Hutton Street last Wednesday morning, Mr Ripper said the Hutton Street, Cedric Street and Karrinyup Road freeway intersections needed urgent attention.

“If they actually get around to finish the existing bike plan, this is the area that still needs grade separation,” he said.

“Hutton, Cedric and Karrinyup are priorities, but we also need a new plan to take into account the growth of activity centres like Stirling.

“I’ve just ridden from Parliament House and what I’ve seen is frustrating – too many stops and starts, too many streets to cross and the whole thing needs an upgrade.”

On his bike as part of Ride to Work Day, he told the Stirling Times the State Government should be working as hard as it can to accommodate cyclists.

“Cycling is becoming increasingly popular for commuting to work and that’s a very good development, because of health and reductions in traffic congestion,” he said.

“What we’ve got to do is make things as convenient and as fast as possible for cyclists.”

Bicycle Transport Alliance spokesman Heinrich Benz said that although a Hutton Street underpass was a priority, any new plan needed to take a metropolitan-wide approach.

“In a survey by the RAC, 91 per cent of cyclists said they were afraid to share the roads with car drivers – they’re scared,” he said.

“We need to spend some money on cycling infrastructure and get this right.”

A Department of Transport spokesman said the new WA Bicycle Network Plan would “soon be released for public comment”.

Source: Liam Croy, Stirling Times, October 18, 2011.

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