The City of Fremantle and the Western Australian PoliceÂ Fremantle blitz on cyclistsÂ (which I wrote on for the Fremantle Herald in February 2012) is back in the news with a article in the March 31, 2012 edition of the Fremantle Herald. Fremantle state MP, Adele Carles has pocked her head up from behind her desk and has voiced her concerns about the blitz following the fining of a cyclist for using a mobile phone whilst riding his bicycle (he claims he was walking it whilst he was sitting on it crossing the road).
Whilst I do have my issues with the Western Australia Police’s blitz on cyclists as previously voiced and so in principle support Ms Carles stance it is a pity she used a cyclist riding a bicycle using a mobile phone (all up pretty stupid thing to do) as the grounds to take an interest. More so when Ms Carles completely ignored issues with transport and cyclist safety in Parry Street; real issues where cyclists lives where being put at risk. Of course Ms Carles partner being the responsible minister has nothing to do with her lack of response right?
Coming back to the article, “Pollie for pedallers” by Steve Grant, it was good to see Senator Ludlum’s Bike Blackspot iPhone application getting some attention, however I would like to suggest that rather than venting one’s frustration at the City of Fremantle we take a more positive approach and work with the City. The City of Fremantle is one of the more progressive cycling focused councils in Western Australia. Three recent infrastructure developments come to mind:
- Putting in a left turn bicycle lane from Port Beach Road to Bracks Street following an approach by a cyclist. Try and get that sort of timely response in the City of Perth!;
- Installation of green lanes on Parry Street which has changed driver behaviour including Transperth drivers (an issue by the way ignored by Adele Carles when brought to her attention); and the
- the removal of car parking bay replacing it with a cyclist parking bay on Henry Street. Try getting these sorts of outcomes in the City of Perth were cycling infrastructure gets removed, not put in.
For sure we need more changes but lets work with the progressive City of Fremantle rather than simply dishing out on them.