Call for better bike paths
CYCLING lobby Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremy Murray says work is still needed along western, eastern and northern suburbs’ bike paths that follow train lines despite a “welcome” $27 million State Government announcement for the routes last week.
“The next big issue along the Fremantle line is what to do with that section of Curtin Avenue through Cottesloe to Tydeman Road at North Fremantle as it’s a bit of nightmare,” Mr Murray said.
Cyclist Tim Anderson was killed on the avenue in 2012 and truck drivers say they fear hitting cyclists at its Eric Street intersection where the bike path that currently ends at Swanbourne will now continue south under Eric Street’s bridge to Cottesloe Train Station.
Mr Murray said the Government also had to decide how the bike path to Guildford would cross the Swan River and help cyclists crossing Hutton and Cedric streets, and using Glendalough roads when riding north near the Joondalup rail line.
“There’s no connectivity and it’s a continual off-on, road-shared path,” he said.
Last Wednesday, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced an extension of the three train lines’ bike paths after a scathing Auditor-General report about the Government’s bicycle planning.
A Department of Transport spokeswoman said Curtin Avenue’s current cycle lane would stay when the Grant StreetCottesloe Station path was finished. The section to Victoria Street, Mosman Park would start in 2017-18 and the preferred route to North Fremantle was beside the railway line.
The spokeswoman said designing would be done by the end of the year for the Joondalup rail line bike path between Glendalough station and Hutton Street, including “investigating” better cycling routes over Hutton Street.
“The sections from Karrinyup Road to Erindale Road, and Civic Place to Karrinyup Road, are scheduled to start and be completed in 2017-18,” she said.
Those riding east to Guildford and Midland will have a $2.5 million re-built path between Railway Parade and the Guildford Road Bridge by February and new, longterm options to cross the Swan River were being “explored”.
Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremy Murray wants more work to keep bikes away from traffic along the Joondalup and Midland railways.