Improvements for a better cycling experience in South Perth
One of the state’s most popular cycling paths will see improvements as one of the priority actions of part of the City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park Joint Bike Plan. Used by an average of 1,300 cyclist each day, upgrades to the path network along South Perth Foreshore will enhance safety for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians and help to make bicycle transport an attractive option for more people.
The Joint Bike Plan is a five year action plan that sets out a vision for a strategic cycling network across both local government areas in line with the State Government’s Perth and Peel@3.5million Transport Plan. This collaborative approach ensures consistency and knowledge sharing for the benefit of the wider community.
Active transport is also a key focus of the City’s recently adopted Integrated Transport Plan, which was developed in consultation with the community to facilitate a connected and accessible local transport network over the next ten years.
Starting this month, the shared path between Queen Street and Millers Pool will be replaced with a wider path constructed from red asphalt to provide a smoother riding surface for cyclists and improve safety for pedestrians. The works are partly funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Following this upgrade, the City will install raised priority crossings where the bike path intersects with Coode Street, Douglas Avenue and Witcomb Place. The crossings are a WA first developed in consultation with Main Roads WA. The design is highly visible, surfaced in red and green and clearly indicates right of way for cyclists. Drivers will be required to give way to cyclists travelling across the raised platforms. Work is anticipated to commence in early 2022.
City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said the City is committed to ensuring a safe, efficient and reliable transport network.
“We have listened to what our community has told us about the need for better transport connections around our City. Improvements to the bike path will mean a safer journey for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.
“Through our Integrated Transport Plan and Joint Bike Plan, the City is responsibly planning for a connected and accessible local transport network to meet anticipated growth in population and visitor numbers in our City.”
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