Join­ing dots for bikes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

CY­CLING lob­by­ists want coun­cils to ex­ploit the State Gov­ern­ment’s planned $18.7 mil­lion prin­ci­pal shared path (PSP) through Cottes­loe and join it to routes for those go­ing to work, school and uni­ver­sity in sub­urbs from Craw­ley to Fre­man­tle.

“We want them to link the PSP to other ma­jor places like UWA, the Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame in Fre­man­tle, schools and beaches, on safe streets along the route,” Perth to Port Bike and Walk (P2P) con­vener Kate Main said.

Last month, the Gov­ern­ment said it would com­plete the gap in the PSP left by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment be­tween Grant Street in Cottes­loe and Vic­to­ria Street in Mos­man Park in 2018-19, with a sec­tion to North Fre­man­tle to fol­low later.

Ms Main said P2P mem­bers, com­pris­ing western sub­urbs and Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors, were told by State Trans­port and Plan­ning Depart­ment staff the PSP would be 4m wide, go un­der Eric Street Bridge in Cottes­loe and would be a green cor­ri­dor with shade. P2P will now push for shared paths in ad­ja­cent streets so all cy­clists could have the op­por­tu­nity demon­strated by safe ac­tive streets link­ing other parts of the PSP to UWA in the City of Ned­lands.

Go­ing un­der the Eric Street Bridge will al­low rid­ers to avoid the danger­ous in­ter­sec­tion with Curtin Av­enue in Cottes­loe, con­sid­ered one of the most danger­ous cy­cling routes in Perth.

“Cottes­loe needs to en­cour­age safe cy­cling routes to the beach, the pri­mary and the pri­vate schools,” P2P mem­ber Melissa Harkins said.

A Town of Cottes­loe spokes­woman said it was too early to say how the PSP would be used, but a Bike Plan­ning Com­mit­tee would look at op­tions when fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was known.

Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Ledger said cy­cling paths cost­ing about $600,000 in­cluded a Gray­lands Road shared path in 2017-18, and an off-ramp at the south end of Stir­ling Road and the Stir­ling High­way path re­place­ment pro­gram for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Mos­man Park Mayor Brett Pol­lock said his Town would con­sider re­view­ing its draft bike plan to align it with a com­pleted PSP, in­clud­ing a sur­vey to iden­tify the best links to the com­muter route and shops.

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