Bicycle Transport Alliance chief executive Heinrich Benz welcomed the State Government’s announcement that it would spend $300,000 on a new campaign to promote greater road safety between motorists and cyclists, but said it was only one of many things needed to make the state a safer place for bike users.
He said the campaign was a welcome first step, but needed to be supported by lower speeds, safe passing legislation and increased spending on cycling infrastructure.
The announcement comes after an accident involving a bike and car at the corner of Honour Avenue and Burke Drive in Attadale on July 23 that left Perth firefighter Ian Beard with paralysis caused by severe spinal injuries.
Melville chief executive Shane Silcox said the City was always searching for new and innovative ways to improve cyclist safety.
‘The Canning Bridge recreational shared path is recognised as the busiest section of shared path in metropolitan Perth with around 58,000 bike riders a month,’ Mr Silcox said. ‘Tompkins Park in Alfred Cove recorded around 34,000 bike riders a month, also making it one of the busiest in Perth.’
He said the City was proactive when it came to cycling initiatives, hence the adoption of the Melville Bike Plan in 2012.
‘The City provides $200,000 annually in the forward works budget for the implementation of the highest priority infrastructure improvements recommended in the Bike Plan,’ he said.
‘The City has successfully obtained Perth Bike Network grants from the Department of Transport each year, which has allowed the upgrade of shared paths networks in key areas.’
Some priority actions implemented from the Bike Plan include:
– The Burke Drive foreshore shared path upgrade;
– The stage one Melville Beach Road shared path upgrade;
– Trialling of cyclist warning pavement markings in conjunction with Main Roads WA; and
– Installation of mirrors to improve safety on bike paths in blind spots.
‘We are also designing a shared path for the west side of Murdoch Drive for construction this financial year and a shared path along Leach Highway from Murdoch Drive to Bull Creek train station.’
Acting Road Safety Minister John Day said the campaign would help to influence the behaviour of road users.
Visit www.ors.wa.gov.au for more information on the new campaign.