BETTER pedestrian paths, clear signage and safer bike routes were just some of the suggestions made during the City of Cockburn’s interactive bike and walk survey.
An online mapping tool allowed residents to mark locations across the City where they enjoyed riding or walking, make suggestions and highlight areas where they have issues. More than 1000 submissions were made.
Older suburbs in the north of the City were tagged heavily, as were main roads and areas of congestion.
The City’s population is expected to grow 27 per cent by 2031, leading Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan to say that the City would need sustainable transport options to serve a predicted 139,950 residents.
“The City has a strategy for the delivery of road infrastructure upgrades, improvements, and extensions but it will become increasingly difficult to address traffic growth by providing more road capacity alone,” he said.“Sustainable transport is the smarter way of the future. This form of transport involves walking, riding, or using public transport.”
Submissions from the survey will be reviewed and considered as part of the City’s upcoming Bike and Walk Plan.
“Staff and consultants will be conducting saddle surveys to investigate further over the next few months,” Mr Sullivan said.
“Focus will be placed on areas close to schools, shopping centres, train stations and other major trip destinations that are in close proximity to residential areas.”Looking at the issue more broadly, the RAC’s general manager of corporate affairs Will Golsby said cycling routes were battling to cater for the 600,000 West Australians who ride each week.
“Cycling has increased well above the rate of population growth, with a 34 per cent increase in cyclists using the principal shared path network between 2011 and 2015,” he said.
“Cycling needs to be prioritised as a safe and convenient mode of transport because our members need more transport options, and the State is facing a congestion crisis.”
A few areas highlighted as requiring improvements during Cockburn’s interactive bike and walk survey.
1 – Shopping centre and train station precinct, Cockburn Central
Train Station: Fix blind intersections for walkers and cyclists using shared paths.
Beeliar Drive underpass: Create a new path for walkers linking the train station with the shopping centre.
Shopping centre walking paths: Clearer routes for people walking between shop and other services.
Beeliar Drive overpass: A new pedestrian bridge linking the GP super clinic precinct with Cockburn Aquatic Recreation Centre.
2 – Jandakot.
Warton Road: Improve or add shared paths along this road.
3 – The Lakes
North Lake Road and Winterfold Road intersection: Improve the crossover point for cyclists.
North Lake Road bike path: Install a physical barrier to separate cars and bikes.
Roundabout: Improve environment for cyclists at North Lake Road and Bibra Drive roundabout
4 – Phoenix Shopping Centre precinct.
Rockingham Road: Add bike lanes and slow traffic, a suggestion made in a City report going out for public consultation.
Coleville Crescent: Turn this street into a bike boulevard to link the council administration with the shopping centre.
5 – Coogee holiday park precinct
Corners: Fix blind corners in dual use paths.
Crossing: Add a crossing point for pedestrians travelling across Cockburn Road.
Public transport: Improve paths to bus stops.
Cockburn in 2011:
Just 1.7 per cent, or 807 people, rode their bike or walked to work.
65.4 per cent (29,673 people) drove to work as the driver.
7.6 per cent (3432 people) travelled to work by train, although many drove to the station.
Private vehicle travel made up 84 per cent of all trip types.
A 2015 RAC Cycling survey collected 5657 responses. Below are the results into the main barriers for cycling:
43 per cent – Fear of sharing the roads with motorists.
31 per cent – Lack of bike routes.
26 per cent – Other.
18 per cent – Too time consuming.
15 per cent – Lack of end of trip facilities.
15 per cent – Do not own a bike.
12 per cent – No need for further travel.
12 per cent – Lack of fitness.
9 per cent – Concerned about bicycle theft.
7 per cent – Lack of confidence.
5 per cent – Having the required equipment.
4 per cent – Lack of cycling skills.
3 per cent – Social acceptability.