Call for bet­ter bike paths

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - Jon Bas­sett

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.

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