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Old Traffic Bridge or Stirling Highway Bridge into Fremantle?

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If the report in the Fremantle Gazette, Fremantle Mayor deflates push for bikes to use alternate route when commuter cycling path reaches port city is anything to go by it seems Main Roads is up to old tricks again, doing its damnedest to undermine any form of transport other than by motor vehicle. It seems that Main Roads would like to force bicycle riders to take the roundabout route into Fremantle from the north, forcing them to divert to the Stirling Highway bridge and then back along Canning Highway to get into the port city. All the while of course still having to negotiate Tydeman Road and the heavy port traffic, Stirling Bridge which does not have great pedestrian or bicycling riding infrastructure and then to top it all off, there is Canning Highway to deal with.

FREMANTLE Mayor Brad Pettitt has punctured any push for bikes to use anything other than a direct route when a commuter cycling path reaches his port city from Cottesloe potentially in three years.

“I’m happy for the order of construction, and the way the path is coming to Fremantle, but it should be understood it should absolutely connect up with central Fremantle,” Dr Pettitt said, answering any move to have the principal shared path (PSP) cross the Swan River upstream at Stirling Bridge.

A feasibility study will now start to get the PSP over the Swan River into Fremantle in 2020-21, sparking some cycling lobbyists to suggest using spare funds from the High Street-Stirling Highway upgrade near Stirling Bridge, which may cost half of its allotted $113 million.

Why do this, when a simple solution is clip-on a pedestrian/cycling path to the existing railway bridge over Tydeman Road and Swan River. What a great experience that would be riding into the city over the river on a dedicated cycling path? As a bonus bicycle riders and pedestrians would even be able to cross Tydeman Road without putting their lives at risk. Imagine that!

Have a view the best option to reach Fremantle from the north? Please let the Minister for Transport, The Honourable Rita Saffioti know your views. You can contact her via Facebook, Twitter or via mail or email.  Please also let The Honourable Ms Simone McGurk MLA, Member for Fremantle know your views as well. Ms McGurk can be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or email/mail.

2 Responses to Old Traffic Bridge or Stirling Highway Bridge into Fremantle?

  1. Phil J May 17, 2018 at 9:20 AM #

    I live in North Perth these days, I used to ride into Freo for Brekkie/coffee with mates at least a couple of times a week. Curtin Ave/Stirling Highway traffic has changed that, I like to ride but those roads are too much like playing russian roulette. I have a safe route up to the hills and good cafes in Guildford. These days I may go into Freo early on a Sunday every couple of months, but its just not worth the risk any other time.

    Your suggestion of the clip-on bridge next to the railway line, would be a game-changer, protected routes for vulnerable users – what a radical concept!

  2. Geraldine Box May 17, 2018 at 10:05 AM #

    I too live in North Perth and cycle very regularly to Freo…taking my life in my hands along Curtin Ave and Tydeman. When I saw the Ministerial Release on the works for the completion of the “missing linjs” I thought: Wonderful,! Finally! If this report regarding MRWA’s ideas is accurate then I am outraged. The Government must do something to re-orient MRWA to the new urban environments and ways that people move around. Corridors which are used to move people around the city users are not just for motor vehicles, but must include direct, safe separated or protected environmnts for pedestrians and cyclists. This includes BRIDGES . No project like this ought to go ahead without being inclusive of pedestrians and cyclists…in separated environments, but travelling directly. Clip-on bridge! Go for it.

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