Safe cycling idea in the ring
A CARLISLE man who recaptured his childhood love of bike riding as a Curtin University student and now pedals 16km to work daily, has released a thought-provoking report that could have Perth riding the curve of the latest internationally-accepted infrastructure for cyclists.
Andrew Wilkinson (32), with the help of the Victoria Park Transition Network and Vic Park Collective, spent a few months writing the Perth Cycle Ring report that advocates the internationally accepted Dutch model of providing protected lanes for cyclists, keeping them apart from motorists and pedestrians.
The economist, who has delivered urban planning lectures at Curtin and Melbourne universities, said people were less likely to cycle if they didn’t feel safe for the entire route of their journey.
“The Dutch model is becoming the international standard and is a strong trend in North America where bike use has quadrupled in the last five years,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“The average number of uses for those paths has grown by 75 per cent and 90 per cent of cyclists saying they feel safe.”
He said comparable lanes were rare in Perth but pointed to a 400m stretch between the Canning Highway overpass and Kensington Primary School that he said could be extended in all directions, giving access to the river and CBD and from the city to Curtin University.
The former Bicycle Transport Alliance board member said all cyclists had had close calls with motorists, citing incidents where he had deliberately been passed at close quarters at high speed or shouted at.
“Protected bike lanes can be installed cheaply by using specifically designed plastic separation barriers, on local streets with spare road width,” he said.
“The Perth Cycle Ring concept is a safe, circular cycling route around the middle suburbs. It connects the existing strategic bike network with train stations, universities, schools, shops and centres of employment.”
Go to http://perthcyclering.wix.com/report for more information.
Andrew Wilkinson has prepared a detailed report in an effort to make
cycling in Perth safer.