Western Australia Police Fremantle blitz on cyclists in Fremantle back in the news

The City of Fremantle and the Western Australian Police Fremantle blitz on cyclists  (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).

Pollie for pedallers

Pollie for pedllars - Fremantle Herald, March 31, 2012

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?

Pollie for pedallers

Pollie for pedallers article in the Fremantle Herald, March 31, 2012

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:

  1. 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!;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

9 Responses to Western Australia Police Fremantle blitz on cyclists in Fremantle back in the news

  1. manthatcooks 3 April 2012 at 8:08 AM #

    ‘Walking across the road while sitting on it’ sounds like tremendous amounts of bullshit and, as you say, it’s a terrible choice of battles to pitch in an environment where it’s already perceived (unfairly) that cyclists are taking the piss on road laws. Even the photo seems like a trigger – no helmet, crossing on a red light …

  2. Aushiker 3 April 2012 at 9:46 AM #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It does seem that Ms Carles hasn’t really thought this through very well. There are plenty of opportunities for her to promote cycling in a more constructive and thoughtful manner.

  3. jet 3 April 2012 at 7:13 PM #

    No-one can take Adele seriously anymore, surely. She ran her campaign around family values before she got outed for her affair with Mr Buswell and turfed from the Greens. Just waiting for her to be ousted at the next election.

    • Aushiker 3 April 2012 at 7:22 PM #

      I don’t believe Ms Carles has indicated what her intentions are for the 2013 election so she may well decide to not run anyway. She seems to be quite quiet in her representation of the community as well.

      • jet 4 April 2012 at 11:53 AM #

        Ah, yes, maybe she will just slink quietly away.

        I doubt that she actually rides a bike – she probably borrowed that or dug it out of a shed…. but is that a helmet I see dangling from the handlebars? She is walking the bike for the photo shoot so she shouldn’t be expected to be actually wearing the helmet.

        Also, I don’t think it’s a red light. There’s another ped in the shot, so I thought that she was walking it across a ped crossing.

        • Lawrence 4 April 2012 at 3:42 PM #

          Not quite true, there was a letter in The Herald a little while ago from a Freo resident who apparently saw Adele and the minister for chair sniffing transport riding to a government event at little creatures, without their helmets. When questioned as to the location of said helmets, Troy said they were “at home”.

          • Aushiker 5 April 2012 at 2:20 PM #

            Thanks Lawrence. I missed that letter. I don’t surpose you have a copy by any chance. That would be worth framing 🙂

        • Aushiker 4 April 2012 at 6:41 PM #

          It does seem that there is a helmet dangling from the handlebars but then Ms Carles is walking so that is quite appropriate. It also does look the pedestrian crossing is on red. Of course we don’t when, if at all Ms Carles actually walked across the intersection.

          I see Ms Carles is in the media again today so maybe slinking away is not on the agenda.

          • jet 5 April 2012 at 3:54 PM #

            yeah but by the number of other peds on the crossing I think it was in ‘red flashing’ mode which means you are supposed to finish crossing…

            regarding them riding to a govt shindig I think that’s kind of sweet… I don’t particularly care if they choose to wear helmets or not

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