Work­shop cy­cles through up­grades

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

PERTH THE State Gov­ern­ment has of­fered $3 mil­lion so a num­ber of projects put for­ward in a cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture re­port can be im­ple­mented.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port’s 2015 Cy­cling Imag­i­neer­ing Work­shop re­port looked at in­no­va­tive cy­cling so­lu­tions for Perth fo­cus­ing on lo­cal roads, ar­te­rial roads, con­nec­tions to schools, con­nec­tions to rail sta­tions and hos­pi­tals, and round­abouts.

Each area was bro­ken down into a num­ber of metropoli­tan ex­am­ples that could ben­e­fit from im­proved cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture.

Among the ideas was a shared path on the south side of Ar­madale Road to link the Kwinana Free­way to Tonkin High­way, a sep­a­rate 8m-wide bridge to the south of the Cause­way for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, and con­ver­sion of the Queen Vic­to­ria Street bridge in Fre­man­tle into a ded­i­cated pedes­trian and cy­clist board­walk.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder is yet to re­veal which of the ac­tions would be funded by the $3 mil­lion, but said the Depart­ment of Trans­port was close to reach­ing agree­ments with sev­eral lo­cal gov­ern­ments. Bi­cy­cling Western Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Mur­ray said the work­shop used to cre­ate the re­port had pro­vided a fresh look at cy- cling in­fra­struc­ture.

“The work­shop was an op­por­tu­nity for de­sign­ers, engi­neers and the like to get an un­der­stand­ing of what can be achieved with a bit of in­no­va­tive think­ing,” he said.

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Mr Mur­ray said he was ex­cited by some of the im­prove­ments pro­posed for schools.

They in­clude adding pedes­trian cross­ings, lim­it­ing the size of ve­hi­cles on some roads, and widen­ing shared paths.

Bi­cy­cling WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Mur­ray.

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