Shire of Kalamunda warns bad road users to respect the rules


Bike riders are being warned to respect the road rules after complaints in the Hills.
Bike riders are being warned to respect the road rules after complaints in the Hills.

THE Shire of Kalamunda has reminded cyclists to follow the road rules after receiving complaints from residents.

Chief executive Rhonda Hardy said the complaints were mainly about riding abreast in large numbers, riding on the wrong side of the road and inappropriate behaviour.

“The Shire is a cycling friendly community and appreciates that cyclists enjoy riding on our roads, particularly in the more scenic hill areas,” she said.

“But we do expect riders to know their rights and responsibilities for riding and for cyclists and drivers to mutually respect each other.”

Ms Hardy said in WA a bicycle shared the same road rules as a motor vehicle.

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“The Shire approves a maximum of 10 cycling events per year and imposes conditions and traffic management obligations on race organisers, but cyclists do not need Shire approval to train or ride recreationally in the area,” she said.

“We can only ask for cyclists to be lawful and respectful when riding in and around residential and popular tourist areas and for drivers to be patient when sharing the road with cyclists, and to please follow any traffic management directions in place when an event is on.

“Specific incidents of inappropriate road user behaviour considered dangerous or overtly threatening should be reported to the local police as soon as possible.”

The Shire has also launched a public comment period for the development of a Bike Network Plan. The plan is intended to help develop its bicycle network and improve infrastructure for the cycling community.

Visit www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/bikeplan or community information sessions on Tuesday, March 21, at the Woodlupine Family and Community Centre or March 28 at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre.