Ped­alling a good plan

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

THE count­down is on to have a say on the City of Kala­munda’s draft Bi­cy­cle Plan, map­ping out a vi­sion where more chil­dren can safely cy­cle to school.

Cy­cling lessons at school are also sug­gested to en­sure chil­dren learn about road safety.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, most chil­dren live within 5km of their school, which is con­sid­ered a com­fort­able cy­cling dis­tance.

For­rest­field Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Diane Green­away has wel­comed the plan.

“It is great to see that the City of Kala­munda is hav­ing a close look at how we can keep chil­dren safe when they ride bikes,” she said.

“Pro­mot­ing a healthy and so­cial ac­tiv­ity such as bike rid­ing helps to keep chil­dren fit and ac­tive.”

The draft plan pro­poses im­prov­ing cy­cling safety by pro­vid­ing road spaces for recre­ational and com­pet­i­tive cy­clists on prin­ci­pal shared paths, travel routes and Safe Ac­tive Streets.

A key part of the cy­cle net­work in the Hills por­tion of Kala­munda City is a north south spine link­ing Mid­land, Kala­munda and Les­mur­die, with the op­tion of a two- way bike ac­cess ( with no ve­hi­cles) via Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and an up­grade to Kala­munda Rail­way Her­itage Trail. Ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness pro­grams will be de­liv­ered to sup­port the new in­fra­struc­ture and en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to ride.

An­other ob­jec­tive is to en­cour­age greater use of pub­lic trans­port, in­clud­ing to and from the pro­posed For­rest­field train sta­tion, by im­prov­ing con­nec­tions to cy­cling net­works, plus a plan to of­fer a ‘ bi­cy­cle li­brary’, at no cost to res­i­dents, for a few hours.

The flow- on ef­fects of cy­cling are ex­pected to im­prove health and well­be­ing, and en­cour­age more visi­tors to the area.

Res­i­dents have con­trib­uted their ideas at com­mu­nity pop- ups in For­rest­field and Kala­munda, and feed­back is in­vited on­line un­til April 13.

Kala­munda City en­gaged con­sul­tants Cardno in 2017 to de­velop the draft Bi­cy­cle Plan, sup­ported by a grant from the Depart­ment of Trans­port.

Hard copies of the pro­posed plan are also avail­able from the City of Kala­munda’s ad­min- is­tra­tion build­ing, li­braries and re­cre­ation cen­tres.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https:// en­gage. kala­munda. wa. gov. au/ bi­cy­cle- plan- 2017- 18.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d481180

For­rest­field Pri­mary School stu­dents Mai­son Smith ( 9) and Milly Bitkash- Cunningham ( 11) en­joy cy­cling and the City of Kala­munda is invit­ing feed­back on its bi­cy­cle plan that con­sid­ers encouraging chil­dren to ride to school.

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