Group pushes for bike-friendly station
BICYCLE Transport Alliance chief executive Heinrich Benz has expressed concern that the summary for the Forrestfield Airport Link mentioned cyclists and pedestrians in passing, and mainly within the station precinct.
“Bike cages at stations alone are not enough to encourage people to leave their cars at home,” he said.
“We need to ensure infrastructure planning for the three train stations includes safe and convenient access for people who choose to walk or cycle 10 minutes to the train, that is 600m for pedestrians and 3km for bicycles.”
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said cyclists’ needs were considered in all new and upgraded stations.
“We have been spending about $1 million a year over the past five years on the provision of bike facilities around stations as part of the Better Transport Project,” Mr Hynes said.
“This has included new bike hubs, access and pathways around the station complex, and literature to promote cycling as part of a healthier lifestyle.
He said provision of a principal shared path (PSP) was included in the design at all new stations to link with the facilities provided by other agencies. “The final location and design of Airport West Station will be developed in consultation with the local community and user groups,” Mr Hynes said, encouraging the bicycle group to contact the PTA.
City of Belmont chief executive officer Stuart Cole said state and local governments had a part to play in providing cycle networks, and the new Airport West Station would be the only station within the City of Belmont.
He said the city would ensure there were adequate footpaths and cycle facilities in nearby streets.
“The state provides major regional cycle infrastructure, including paths related to major transport infrastructure projects such as the Great Eastern Highway upgrade and Gateway WA.
“It also provides grants to local councils . . . to part-fund local government cycle projects. The city also provides funds for the local path network.”