Joondalup bicyle plan ready to roll

Joondalup bicyle plan ready to roll

At their April 19 meeting, councillors voted to list the implementation of a trial bike share program for consideration in the City’s 2016-17 draft budget.

Cr Mike Norman said he was recently part of a politicians’ bike ride where he saw the bike share concept, with pods of hire bikes that could be easily moved to different locations.

“I’m proposing we trial that concept within the City of Joondalup at key destinations as a way of promoting a cultural shift towards looking at a bike as a mode of transport,” he said.

He said he moved the alternative motion to consider the trial program in response to comments made during public consultation of the City’s draft bike plan for 2016 to 2021, which suggested the City needed to focus on a cultural shift, behaviour change and training when it came to cycling.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the trial could take place at areas such as Hillarys Boat Harbour and within the Joondalup city centre.

“It would enable residents and visitors to select a bike from one station, ride to their chosen destination and place the bike at another station,” he said.

“I have seen the success of bike sharing programs throughout Europe and China and they help to develop a strong cycling culture, which in turn leads to healthier communities and less congestion and pollution.”

Mr Pickard said it was proposed a private operator run the program.

Councillors also voted to adopt the bike plan for 2016 to 2021, which aims to have Joondalup recognised as a bike-friendly City.

It addresses four key focus areas – people, pathways, places and promotions – with 12 proposed projects, including regular bike-friendly events and increasing knowledge of rider movements, numbers and requirements.

“The overarching vision of the City’s plan is for the bike to be seen as the easiest and most convenient method to get around,” Mr Pickard said.

“Increased bike riding will result in a healthier lifestyle for residents and this plan caters for all types and abilities of riders. The community’s attitude to bike riding has changed markedly in recent years and improving bike infrastructure and enhancing connectivity and functionality will result in a greener, safer, less congested and more liveable City.”

He said the plan focused on strategic infrastructure improvements as well as promotion and education to help change attitudes.

Cr Norman said 50 per cent of journeys in Perth were 5km or less and he believed this was a distance “easily covered on a bike or at least an e-bike for most people”. He said the plan would help to promote cycling as an everyday activity, especially for short local trips.