Pos­i­tive spin on cy­cling

Wanneroo Times - - News - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup has re­leased the re­sults of a com­mu­nity bike sur­vey.

The sur­vey was open from March to April and de­signed to es­tab­lish an un­der­stand­ing of bike rid­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the City, and the mo­ti­va­tors and bar­ri­ers to cy­cling.

The City re­ceived 667 valid re­sponses, of which the ma­jor­ity were from reg­u­lar bike rid­ers, with al­most two-thirds hav­ing cy­cled at least once within the past week.

Of these re­spon­dents, about half said they nor­mally rode be­tween 5km and 30km in a sin­gle trip with “ex­er­cise/fit­ness” and “fun/en­joy­ment” cited as the top rea­sons for cy­cling.

Of those who were not reg­u­lar bike rid­ers, al­most half did not feel safe rid­ing a bike and a third did not own a bike.

Thirty-seven per cent of re­spon­dents pre­ferred to ride on cy­cle-only paths, 25.6 per cent pre­ferred on­road bi­cy­cle lanes and 24.1 per cent shared paths, with the ma­jor­ity say­ing they felt “safe” or “very safe” when do­ing so.

Many re­spon­dents felt “un­safe” or “very un­safe” on roads with no bi­cy­cle lanes, par­tic­u­larly those with medium and heavy traf­fic. Re­spon­dents said they would most like to see “more or bet­ter” cy­cle-only paths, dual-use paths and on-road bi­cy­cle lanes in the City.

Over­all, re­spon­dents were moder­ately sat­is­fied with bike in­fra­struc­ture in the City, with 39.9 per cent “sat­is­fied” or “very sat­is­fied”.

The re­sults of the sur­vey will be used to help de­velop City pro­grams, ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said the City as­pired to be the num­ber one bike-friendly City in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

“We want the bike to be the eas­i­est and most con­ve­nient way to get from A to B and in­creased bike rid­ing will also re­sult in a health­ier life­style for our res­i­dents,” he said.

“Through ini­tia­tives such as the com­mu­nity bike sur­vey, and con­sis­tent mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing of our Bike Plan, we are en­sur­ing that we are lis­ten­ing and tak­ing on board the com­mu­nity’s chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards bike rid­ing.

“Ul­ti­mately, by im­prov­ing bike in­fra­struc­ture, and en­hanc­ing con­nec­tiv­ity and func­tion­al­ity, it will re­sult in a greener, safer, less con­gested and more live­able City.”

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