Cycling keeps cars at bay on Bulwer Street

Vincent Mayor John Carey and engineering operations manager Con Economo with cyclist Geraldine Box.   Picture: Andrew Ritchie       
Vincent Mayor John Carey and engineering operations manager Con Economo with cyclist Geraldine Box. Picture: Andrew Ritchie       

PHASE two of the City of Vincent’s Bike Network Plan has been approved, with Bulwer Street set to lose more than half of its car bays.

At the November 17 meeting, the council voted to approve the second phase, which will extend works along Bulwer Street between Palmerston Street and Lord Street in three sections.

The plan aims to create an east-west route across Vincent for cyclists and connect Highgate Primary School, Birdwood Square, Perth Oval and the East Perth Public Transport Centre.

Mayor John Carey said WA was far behind in its cycling infrastructure but noted that car bays were still important for some Vincent residents, such as the elderly.

“My preference is personally for protected bike lanes,” Mr Carey said.

“This is a critical decision; car bays are like the most precious commodity known to man. We are trying to make safer roads; what we are achieving is pretty incredible.”

The second phase will include on-road bike lanes on Bulwer Street between Palmerston to William Street, a combination of separated and non-separated bike lanes on Bulwer Street between William Street to Beaufort Street, and separated bike lanes on both sides of Bulwer Street between Beaufort Street and Lord Street.

“Vincent is a leader in bike diversity,” Mr Carey said. “I think we have been incredibly brave.”

North Perth resident Geraldine Box said there was overwhelming support for the plan.

“This level of infrastructure reassures adults and children that they can feel safe cycling,” Ms Box said.

Councillor Roslyn Harley said, looking back at the first phase of the bike network plan, she thinks the council could have been braver.

“But what I do see now is a massive increase in cyclists,” Cr Harley said.