Safe Active Streets Program

An innovative program designed to make cycling safer and easier in WA.

  The background

In March 2015, a Cycling Imagineering Workshop and a Ministerial Roundtable Dinner with two Dutch Transport Planners was held. The aim was to explore innovative options to provide a safe and connected cycling network for people of all ages in Perth and regional towns.

The report from the workshop can be viewed here and outlines the ideas from each focus area and an action list for the next two years.

A key outcome of the workshop and roundtable dinner was the allocation of $3 million for a demonstration bicycle boulevards and connections to stations/schools program.

The Minister for Transport Dean Nalder announced the Bike boulevards Project on 24 October 2015.

External Link 26/04/2016: Perth's first bike boulevard approved
External Link 24/10/2015: First bicycle boulevards for Perth

  What are Bicycle boulevards?

Bicycle boulevards are new to Perth, yet they are used around the world in cities such as Portland, Seattle and Amsterdam. Bicycle boulevard users are not fast cyclists. They are mums, dads, children, senior citizens and others making short to medium length trips on bikes to schools, train stations or shops.

Bicycle boulevards need to be located on local streets with low traffic volumes and speeds, providing bike riders with:

  • Safe and comfortable bike routes on streets with lane markings.
  • Priority over cars - cars must give way to bike riders.
  • An easy, on-street link to local destinations or major bike routes.

Bicycle boulevards are clearly marked routes (with on-road markings and signs) where intersections are designed to reduce the need for bike riders to stop frequently and are much safer for riders to cross major roads. The markings highlight that there are bike riders in the area and that road users need to share the road safely. Some boulevards may be different to others, but the aims are the same.

The lower speed road creates a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The following animations further explain the Bike Boulevard concept:

Note: Please view the page in landscape mode

Note: Please view the page in landscape mode

AT_CYC_FS_BB_ProjectOverview.pdf icon Kb

  The pilot projects

The Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Joondalup, and Vincent are participating in the pilot project, working with State Government to develop locations that would best suit Bike Boulevards. The success of the pilot project is expected to encourage more local authorities to set up Bike Boulevards in their areas. The current projects are:

  • Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard, Bayswater.
  • Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard, Mount Hawthorn.
  • Surrey Road Bike Boulevard, Belmont - for information about this project please contact the City of Belmont.
  • Robertson Road Cycleway, Kingsley (Connecting stations and schools project: Joondalup) - for more information about this project please contact the City of Joondalup.
AT_CYC_P_BB_Concept_RobertsonJoondalup.pdf icon Kb
Opens in a new window City of Belmont
Opens in a new window City of Joondalup

  Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard, Bayswater

The Department of Transport and the City of Bayswater have been working together to develop a concept for the Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard in Bayswater.

The City of Bayswater Bike Network Plan identified Leake Street and May Street as being a potential local bicycle route that could fill a network gap between the Swan River foreshore and Morley City Centre, providing great benefit to the community. Leake Street and May Street, and several other parallel options were considered using the following criteria: route length and directness; potential for future cycling links; hills; connectivity to destinations; local road intersections; traffic volumes and potential for traffic redistribution; and impact on parking and property access.

Leake Street and May Streets were considered to have the most potential to be a successful bicycle boulevard because:

  • It provides a direct route from the Swan River Recreational Shared Path to Midland Line Principal Shared Path (PSP), on to Morley City Centre, and encourages local trips to be made by bicycle.
  • It runs past Bayswater Primary School and St Columbus Primary School, with a potential second stage connecting Chisholm Catholic College and John Forrest Senior High School.
  • It provides easy access to Bayswater town centre and train station.
  • The installation of the signalised pedestrian crossing on Guildford Road improve safety and therefore opens the possibility for children residing south of Guildford Road to ride to school.
  • It offers immediate and future potential for future extensions in all directions.

Residents and businesses on Leake Street and May Street were contacted during November to discuss the project and provide their feedback on any proposed changes to their street. Before any decisions are made, we want to know what you think about the concept prepared for Leake Street and May Street because you know your local community the best.

Provide feedback

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Department of Transport,
Bike Boulevard Project,
GPO Box C102 Perth,
WA 6839
Email

Please include your personal details (name, address, phone, email) for the purpose of providing a response.

All comments will be considered in the development of a final concept and your feedback will be reported back to the Bayswater Council for their consideration before a final decision is made.

Resources

The following information is provided to further explain the concept:

AT_CYC_FS_BB_ProjectOverview.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_P_BB_LeakeMayBayswater_CommConsult.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_P_BB_Concept_LeakeMayBayswater.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_P_BB_LeakeMayBayswater_2016_concept.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_FS_BB_LeakeMayBayswater.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_FAQ_BB_LeakeMayBayswater.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_BB_LeakeMayStLandUsePlan.pdf icon Kb

  Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard, Mount Hawthorn

The Shakespeare Street Bicycle Boulevard in the City of Vincent has been given the green light after the Vincent Council signed off the proposed design at its council meeting on 5 April 2016 (see Item 9.2.5 from the 5 April Council Meeting) (link below).

The proposed Bike Boulevard has a very large potential catchment area and will provide an alternative to the Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Mitchell Freeway. Shakespeare Street was one of several options investigated, and was chosen because:

  • It is direct, relatively flat, has low traffic volumes and is the longest route.
  • It is a Perth Bike Network (PBN) local bicycle route that bike riders already use.
  • It connects to the Scarborough Beach Road separated bike lanes.
  • Future stages can connect to Aranmore Catholic College, Medibank Stadium, Leederville TAFE, the City of Vincent Library and Loftus Recreation Centre.

The Department of Transport and City of Vincent will develop the design and construction schedule and funding agreement for the project in the coming weeks and this will be considered by the City of Vincent Council next month.

Residents and businesses on Shakespeare Street were involved in extensive community consultation which began in November 2015.

Opens in a new window City of Vincent: Agenda and Minutes

Provide feedback

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Department of Transport,
Bike Boulevard Project,
GPO Box C102 Perth,
WA 6839
Email

Please include your personal details (name, address, phone, email) for the purpose of providing a response.

Resources

The following information is provided to further explain the concept:

AT_CYC_FS_BB_ProjectOverview.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_FS_BB_ShakespeareVincent_CommConsult.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_BB_ShakespeareStCommunityForumPresentation.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_P_BB_Concept_ShakespeareVincent.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_FS_BB_ShakespeareVincent.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_BB_ShakespeareStFAQ.pdf icon Kb
AT_CYC_BB_ShakespeareStLandUsePlan.pdf icon Kb

  What's next?

The Department of Transport will be working closely with the local governments to consult with their residents to progress the proposed bicycle boulevards and connection to stations and schools projects before any final decisions are made.

 

Page last updated: Tue Apr 26 2016 10:02:38 AM