THE countdown is on to have a say on the City of Kalamunda’s draft Bicycle Plan.
The plan aims to make it safe for children to cycle to school. Cycling lessons at school are also suggested to ensure children learn about road safety.
According to the plan, most children live within 5km of their school, which is considered a comfortable cycling distance.
Forrestfield Primary School principal Diane Greenaway has welcomed the plan.
“It is great to see that the City of Kalamunda is having a close look at how we can keep children safe when they ride bikes,” she said.
“Promoting a healthy and social activity such as bike riding helps to keep children fit and active.”
The draft plan proposes improving cycling safety by providing road spaces for recreational and competitive cyclists on principal shared paths, travel routes and Safe Active Streets.
A key part of the cycle network in the Hills portion of Kalamunda City is a north-south spine linking Midland, Kalamunda and Lesmurdie, with the option of a two-way bike access with no vehicles via Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and an upgrade to Kalamunda Railway Heritage Trail.
Education and awareness programs would be delivered to support the new infrastructure and encourage the community to ride.
Another objective is to encourage greater use of public transport by improving connections to cycling networks, plus a plan to offer a ‘bicycle library’ at no cost to residents for a few hours.