City, Greens pedal bike-friendly mantra

Greens senator Scott Ludlam and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt have big plans for a more bike-friendly Fremantle.
Greens senator Scott Ludlam and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt have big plans for a more bike-friendly Fremantle.

Put together with the help of Greens senator Scott Ludlam, the bicycle plan will outline the policies, programs and infrastructure that are needed to continue to move Fremantle into a bike-friendly city, by pouring more than $2 million into the four-year project.

The city has a cycling participation rate among its residents of almost 3 per cent, well above the 1.9 per cent national average.

Councillors at Wednesday’s meeting were confident the bike plan would be a step in the right direction for the city, with discussions to provide more hire opportunities and more infrastructure to promote cycling over driving.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City aimed to have close to 100km of bike lanes and paths by the end of the four years.

There was also a proviso included for improved line-marking, signage and other low-cost improvements added to the plan.