Group pushes for bike-friendly sta­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport -

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.”

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