Cy­cling in safety is vi­tal con­sid­er­a­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE pro­posed rail link has sta­tions at Air­port West, Con­sol­i­dated Air­port and For­rest­field and is based on 20,000 gen­er­ated trips from ei­ther the air­port or the pop­u­la­tion catch­ment of 80,000.

We are con­cerned with safe routes for peo­ple on bi­cy­cles to the ex­ist­ing sta­tions.

We are bat­tling lack­ing of fore­sight from pre­vi­ous trans­port plan­ners as we are try­ing to find money for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to cre­ate di­rect and safe routes for peo­ple who want to make ac­tive trans­port choices in con­nec­tion with us­ing pub­lic trans­port.

In this con­text, it is disturbing that the PTA For­rest­field Air­port Sum­mary men­tions cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans only in pass­ing, and largely within the sta­tion precinct.

Bike cages at sta­tions alone are not enough to en­cour­age peo­ple to leave their cars at home.

We need to en­sure that 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 600 me­tres for pedes­tri­ans and three kilo­me­tres for bi­cy­cles.

By 2020, two train lines will ser­vice Bayswa­ter sta­tion, giv­ing a train to the city ev­ery seven min­utes. This will make it a very at­trac­tive spot to catch a train into the CBD.

Park­ing is al­ready dif­fi­cult to find around Bayswa­ter sta­tion and safe cy­cling ac­cess is needed as a mat­ter of ur­gency. Hein­rich Benz, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Bi­cy­cle Trans­port Al­liance,

West Perth.

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