Wheels turning slowly
North coast cycling facilities still years away
CYCLING facilities in the north coast area are several years away from becoming reality, with the City of Wanneroo proposing to open the first in 2021.
At its June 26 meeting, the council noted the 290signature petition lodged in May for a rider education centre and bike park, where youth could learn to ride and learn road rules away from traffic. It also noted such facilities would form part of future planning through Cycle Wanneroo and the Cycling Master Plan for the Northern Coastal Corridor.
A report to the council said Cycle Wanneroo was expected to cost $48.5 million over 16 years but the master plan had not yet identified costs for specific facilities.
Northern Beaches Cycling Club president Chris Howard said the cycling group had been advocating for a facility since 2013, initially hoping to use the Alkimos wastewater treatment plant buffer zone.
However, the council report said the City and club’s efforts had been unsuccessful. Dr Howard said that meant they were still without a suitable training facility.
He said junior training was done on open roads and in carparks, but the club cancelled that earlier this year because it “could not guarantee kids’ safety”.
“The community would not accept cars driving through fields during footy training; the same should be expected for up and coming cycling athletes,” he said.
Dr Howard said the club still hoped to identify a safe local facility for the summer racing season.
The council report said a cycling path would be included in the $21.2 million Butler north district open space, due to open by 2021.
It said developers were creating a rider education facility at Leatherback Park, Alkimos and the Wanneroo Raceway Master Plan identified provision of BMX and mountain biking facilities.