Bike lane decision a “cop-out” – cycle chief

Bicycle Transport Alliance chief executive Heinrich Benz is disappointed about the delay on bike lanes. d419125
Bicycle Transport Alliance chief executive Heinrich Benz is disappointed about the delay on bike lanes. d419125

Last month, the council unanimously voted not to proceed with the bike lanes for about 12 months because of the Old Treasury Building development at the intersection of Barrack and Hay streets.

‘It’s such a cop out, the Treasury building is on the other side of the street, not where the bike lane is going to be,’ Mr Benz said.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said it was council’s goal to have northbound and southbound bicycle lanes in Barrack Street when it was practical to do so.

‘The easternmost lane is required for heavy vehicles servicing the two large construction projects,’ Ms Scaffidi said.

‘Bicycles are still able to use Barrack Street but the construction works mean there will be a temporary delay in installing a dedicated bicycle lane.’

Mr Benz said the decision raised questions about the council’s commitment to making Perth a more accessible, safe and people-friendly place.

‘Changes to city bus routes have made the bus lane on Barrack Street essentially redundant with the lane now only used by CAT buses,’ he said.

‘It’s unfortunate the council has turned its back on such a simple opportunity to create a much needed north-south bike transport link.’

Mr Benz said despite the council’s recent decision, he did credit them for making the city a safer place for cyclists and pedestrians by reducing vehicle speeds in some streets.