Fast track north’s bike network

Mr Pickard is calling on the State Government to increase funding to improve Perth�s bike network, with a focus on greater connectivity in the northern corridor.

He said the current network was too �Perth-centric� and the network in the northern suburbs was at risk unless urgent funds were injected into the system.

He said the majority of cyclists in the north wanted improved bike paths parallel to the Mitchell Freeway, providing continuous access to and from the CBD.

The WA Bicycle Network Plan for 2014 to 2031 focuses on building shared paths in Perth, prioritising those along freeways, railway lines and within 15km of the CBD.

Mr Pickard said that focus must shift as the northern corridor continues to grow.

�Our City is located in one of the fastest growing regions per population in the country and one of the major issues commuters have to contend with is the traffic congestion caused by thousands of motorists travelling to and from the Perth CBD for work each day,� he said.

�The booming north-west corridor is expected to be home to over half a million residents in the next 10 to 15 years and congestion is going to get significantly worse if we don�t make it more attractive for people to get out of their cars and on to their bikes.

�The network does not allow cyclists to ride to and from the Perth CBD without having to contend with major route disruptions, including overpasses and pedestrian lights.�

He said the City had secured some funds but with limited funding available, it would be more than a decade before all suburbs had �convenient, connected and safe� cycling routes.

Later this year, the City of Joondalup is expected to finalise its cycling strategy for 2015 to 2018, which will include projects developed in line with community needs and the WA Bicycle Network Plan, and community consultation.