Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032 – No PSP?

The Town of Mosman Park has released for public comment, the Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032. If you are a resident of the Town of Mosman Park or ride in the Town please take a moment to review the plan and make a submission. We cannot expect to get good quality infrastructure if we do not participate in the planning process.

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Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012-2032

The Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan in its draft form is available for public comment from until February, 17 2012. The Town of Mosman park is planning to spend a whole $16,205 average per year on bicycling routes and bike paths over the next 20 years. Yep a whole $16,000 a year and this includes the Town getting involved int he plan and design phase of the Principal Shared Path bike path to Fremantle, but wait for it, they are not going near that until 2027/2028 financial year, that is in 15 years time!The Town of Mosman Park offers the “Mosman Park community” to have a say on the order of implementation of proposed capital works projects which will result in new bicycling routes and bike paths. There is an option for community members to ‘vote’ for five capital works projects that you believe the Town of Mosman Park should complete in the short-term and one project you think should be left to the long-term. Given the nature of the proposed developments including along Curtin Avenue, the “community” of affected users extends well beyond the Town’s boundaries and therefore I hope the wider cycling community “votes” and has it say as well.

The Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032 is available for download as an information pack or one can download the individual parts.

What is so frustrating with Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032 is that the major bicycling route and bike path through the Town of Mosman Park which carries a high volume of cycling traffic  extension of the Perth to Fremantle Principal Shared Path (PSP) along side Curtin Avenue is currently scheduled for “works” in the 2027/28 financial year, that is right the Town of Mosman Park is planning to do sweet nothing about this route for 15 years! and then all it is planning to do is be involved in the planning and design phrase of the bicycling route at a budgeted cost of $100,000. So how long we will have to actually wait for the completion of the bike path is beyond me.

The rest of the Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032 involves short term plans for Stirling Highway and medium to long term plans for other bicycling routes and bike paths in the Town of Mosman Park.

Overall the Town of Mosman Park is planning to spend $3,205,000 over twenty years, that is a paltry $160,250 per year.

If we want action on improving critical infrastructure, on the development of bike paths and bicycling routes let the Town of Mosman Park know your views by February 17, 2012.

8 Responses to Town of Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 – 2032 – No PSP?

  1. Cyclesnail 16 January 2012 at 4:22 PM #

    The positive is that there are listing $170 K for works in 2012/13, and then 100K pa for the following couple of years, going up to $210K pa thereafter. In reality anything beyond 2-4 years is pretty much up in the air, depending on the outcome amalgamation process.

    It is a plan, and some of the principles behind it are commendable (i.e. shared path for less experienced users, on-road for the more experienced ones).

  2. Aushiker 16 January 2012 at 10:23 PM #

    Thanks cyclesnail. You are kinder than me on the Town of Mosman Park but I understand where you are coming from.

  3. Perthbiker 16 January 2012 at 11:49 PM #

    It would be good not to have the roundabouts in Solomon Street (Capital Works #15).
    Roundabouts make life easier for drivers of motor vehicles but more difficult for cyclists and pedestrians. Cardno Eppell Olsen actually explain the difficulties for cyclists in the document but then go on to say that

    “Roundabouts are a necessary part of local traffic management schemes to slow traffic and provide more equal priority at intersections” (page 18)

    More equal for motor vehicle drivers, and not equal for the rest of the us! Their solution to the safety problem for cyclists is to educate them to travel in the centre of the lane when circulating through the roundabout. That might be OK for experienced cyclists but is not a realistic expectation for families with young children.

    Every time a roundabout is installed in Western Australia pedestrians lose their right to cross the road. At a normal intersection turning vehicles have to give way to pedestrians. Once that same intersection is made into a roundabout pedestrians have to give way to motor vehicles at all times and often have to cross by a more difficult route.

    If the Town of Mosman Park (and most of the other local governments) are serious about being cycling and pedestrian friendly they would not keep putting these things in. If car journeys are always easy then people will keep travelling in cars.

  4. Cyclesnail 9 February 2012 at 4:07 PM #

    What would you see as the top five priorities, and the major capital work to be done?
    (“Have your say” submission form)

    • Aushiker 9 February 2012 at 8:34 PM #

      I know I put the PSP along Curtin Avenue as #1 but I didn’t keep a copy of the form so cannot recall my other priorities sorry.

  5. Robert Frith 16 February 2012 at 9:21 PM #

    Hi Andrew,
    just finishing up my “have your say” on the Mossie Park website and I’ve collected an error for you; $3.2m over 20 years is actually $160k a year not $16k!

    • Aushiker 17 February 2012 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks Rob for the heads-up. Now fixed.

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