Safe Active Streets Program
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 announced the Bike Boulevards Project on 24 October 2015.
|26/04/2016: Perth's first bike boulevard approved|
|24/10/2015: First bicycle boulevards for Perth|
What are Bike boulevards?
Bike boulevards are a type of on-road cycleway where speed limits have been reduced and cyclists are given right of way. 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.
Bike boulevard routes are clearly marked with on-road markings and signs. Speeds are reduced to 30 km/h and red pavement and raised platforms are installed to help alert people that they are entering a bicycle and pedestrian friendly space. Some boulevards may be different to others, but the aims are the same.
Bike Boulevards need to be located on local streets with low traffic volumes and speeds, providing bike riders with:
- Safe and comfortable on-street bike routes.
- Priority over cars - cars must give way to bike riders.
- An easy, on-street link to local destinations or major bike routes.
The following animations further explain the bike boulevard concept:
|Bike Boulevards: Fact sheet||Kb|
The Cities of Bayswater, Belmont and Vincent are participating in the pilot project, working with State Government to develop bike boulevards in their areas. The success of the pilot project is expected to encourage more local authorities to set up Bike Boulevards.
Seven other local authorities have funding for planning and designing of bike boulevards for 2016-17.
The following projects are due for delivery in late 2016:
- Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard, Bayswater.
- Surrey Road Bike Boulevard, Belmont - for information about this project please contact the City of Belmont.
The completed project is:
- Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard, Mount Hawthorn.
The City of Joondalup is participating in the first connection to stations/ schools project. The DoT's 2015 Connecting Stations Project Report identified the Robertson Road Cycleway as an integral component to link residents with the Greenwood Train Station.
- Robertson Road Cycleway, Kingsley (Connecting stations and schools project: Joondalup) - for more information about this project please contact the City of Joondalup.
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Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard, Bayswater
The Department of Transport and the City of Bayswater are working together to deliver 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.
Leake Street and May Street were chosen because:
- They provide 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.
Detailed design is now complete for the May Street section of this route and construction is due to commence in November 2016. The Leake Street section of the project is currently being designed with construction expected to commence in early 2017.
The following information is provided to further explain the concept:
Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard, Mount Hawthorn
The Shakespeare Street Bike Boulevard runs from Green Street in Mount Hawthorn and connects to the Scarborough Beach Road separated bike lanes which were installed by the City in early 2015.
It has a very large potential catchment area and provides 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 project, which cost $835,000, was funded by the Safe Active Streets Program with construction delivered by the City of Vincent.
Residents and businesses on Shakespeare Street were involved in extensive community consultation which began in November 2015.
|Bike Boulevards: Fact sheet||Kb|
|Bike Boulevards: Shakespeare Street, Mount Hawthorn - Fact sheet||Kb|
|Bike Boulevards: Shakespeare Street, Mount Hawthorn - Frequently Asked Questions||Kb|