Safer bike routes around Perth and Fremantle tops list in Bicycling WA survey

Bicycling WA chief executive  Jeremey Murray on William Street in Fremantle.
Picture: Marie Nirme    d472684
Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremey Murray on William Street in Fremantle. Picture: Marie Nirme d472684

CYCLISTS want better infrastructure and safer riding routes around Perth and Fremantle, according to the results of a recent survey.

More than 44 per cent of respondents to the Bicycling WA (BWA) |survey listed infrastructure such as more dedicated bike paths and |connected routes as their top priority, while 28 per cent said there needed to be better road safety through driver and rider education and legislative changes.

BWA chief executive Jeremey Murray said the need for better infrastructure had been high on the agenda for many years and was currently its number one priority.

He said Fremantle continued to be ahead of most of the metropolitan area in promoting and providing for cycling.

“Fremantle has long been a leader in promoting bike riding for transport and they have been very proactive providing for bicycles,” he said.

“Of course there is always more that can be done.

“Access is a real challenge, with the network links into the city via North Fremantle particularly unfriendly towards bikes.

“We are keen to see the principal shared path (PSP) completed from Perth to Fremantle, as we see this as an important link connecting the two major cities in the Perth metro area.”

City of Fremantle infrastructure and project delivery director Graham Tattersall said they were committed to promoting cycling as a way of encouraging a more active and healthy lifestyle, as well as making Fremantle a more liveable, environmentally-friendly city.

He said over the past three years the City had committed more than $2 million towards improvements.

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