Push for action on bike plan

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker is calling for a more bicycle-friendly City.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d441701
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker is calling for a more bicycle-friendly City.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d441701

The plan, prepared by infrastructure and environment services company Cardno last year, was designed to improve the City�s cycle network.

It aimed to promote, encourage and facilitate a greater use of cycling, as outlined in a series of recommendations including a shared path along East Street between the riverside recreational shared path and Eighth Avenue.

Ms Baker said there were 31 recommendations, of which eight were priorities, but the City had acted on only one.

�It�s clearly not a priority,� she said.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said the council had addressed a majority of the bike plan priority one actions.

Cr Albert said the plan was adopted by the council in October and listed 88 projects, some of which were the responsibility of other authorities, such as Main Roads WA.

�The City has already completed 16 projects and is currently working on about 20 projects,� he said.

�The bike plan also included a principal shared path (PSP) along Tonkin Highway.

�This facilitated negotiations with Main Roads WA to include the PSP in the upgrade work that is currently being designed for Tonkin highway.�

Ms Baker said her vision for the Maylands electorate was one where urban cycling was welcomed because it helped create a vibrant, connected and liveable community.

�Urban cycling isn�t always about matching cars for speed and riding hundreds of kilometres at a time,� she said.

�It�s about riding to the shops, or to a friend�s house, or to get a coffee and feeling safe as you do so. It is an essential part of inner-city living.�

Cr Albert said the Local Bike Plan cost about $66,000 and that the City was allocating $80,000 annually to upgrade its bicycle network and would be seeking external funding opportunities.

�Some projects will also be incorporated in larger roadwork projects. There will also be some larger projects that will be listed for direct funding in future budgets,� he said.