Workshop cycles through upgrades
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.
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.