Pedalling a good plan

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Lynn Gri­er­son

THE count­down is on to have a say on the City of Kala­munda’s draft Bi­cy­cle Plan.

The plan aims to make it safe for chil­dren to 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 would be de­liv­ered to sup­port the new in­fra­struc­ture and en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to ride.

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

Pic­ture: David Baylis d481180

Mai­son Smith and Milly Bitkash-Cun­ning­ham on their bikes.

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