Safe Active Streets Program

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

Safe Active Streets Program mock-up

  The background

In March 2015, a Cycling Imagineering Workshop and a Ministerial Roundtable Dinner were held with two guest Dutch transport planners. 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; it outlines the ideas from each focus area and sets out an action list for the next two years.

A key outcome of the workshop and roundtable dinner was the allocation of $3 million for demonstration bicycle boulevards and a Connections to Stations/Schools Program.

The Minister for Transport 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 bike boulevards?

Bike boulevards are cycle routes on quiet local streets, where speeds have been reduced to 30 km/h to allow people in cars and on bikes to share the street safely. With lower traffic speeds, streets are also much safer for pedestrians and children, and additional tree planting and landscaping make them more attractive places to walk or ride.

Part of the Safe Active Streets program, bike boulevard projects are designed to create safe and comfortable riding environments for bike riders with all levels of experience. People on bikes can ride closer to the middle of the street, with cars passing only if there is enough space to do so safely.

Bike boulevards are planned to allow mums, dads, children, senior citizens and others to make short trips on bikes to schools, railway stations or shops. Routes also form part of wider bicycle networks, connecting to off-road shared paths and linking important destinations.

At major entry points to bike boulevards, blue-and-white Safe Active Street road patches, 30 km/h speed limit signs and raised platforms help to slow traffic and alert people that they are in a bicycle and pedestrian friendly space. Further signage is kept to a minimum to avoid a 'sea of signs': streets are designed to be self-explaining, making it difficult to exceed the speed limit and encouraging courteous interaction between street users.

Along the routes, bike symbols and red asphalt are typically used to mark out bike boulevards and suggest where bikes should ride. Various measures may be used to slow traffic, discourage through-travel by cars, and improve bike flow, including, for example:

  • Single-lane slow points, where approaching vehicles should give way to any car or bike already at or passing through the slow point;
  • Raised platforms at intersections;
  • Narrowing carriageway widths by introducing on-street parking and plantings;
  • Changing stop/give-way signs to give priority to movements along the boulevard;
  • Using traffic islands and medians to restrict car movements at intersections, while allowing movements in all directions for people on bikes and on foot; and
  • Introducing new pedestrian or bike crossings.

The following animations show the two main types of bike boulevard in Western Australia and how they should be used:

Note: Please view the page in landscape mode

Note: Please view the page in landscape mode

  Bayswater to Morley Bike Boulevard

The City of Bayswater Bike Network Plan identifies the need for a local bike route that connects the Swan River foreshore and Morley Town Centre. In 2015, the Department of Transport and City of Bayswater commenced work on the Bayswater to Morley Bike Boulevard to help fill this identified gap.

Stage one of the bike boulevard, which was opened in September 2017, runs along Leake Street and May Street, from the Swan River foreshore to Adelphi Street. This route was chosen because it provides a relatively flat, direct link from bike paths along the Swan River to the Midland line shared path and connects to a number of other local destinations such as schools, parks and public transport.

Stage two of the bike boulevard is planned to extend along May Street, Edward Street and Catherine Street to Russell Street, connecting to John Forrest Secondary College.

Modifications to Drake and Rudloc Road to provide a bicycle friendly alternate route directly into the Morley town centre will also be explored as part of the design development process. Consultation with local residents and businesses is currently underway.

The following information is provided to further explain the project.

AT_CYC_FS_LeakeMayBikeBoulevard.pdf icon Stage one: Leake and May Street - Fact sheet Kb
AT_CYC_FAQ_LeakeMayBikeBoulevard.pdf icon Stage one: Leake and May Street - Frequently Asked Questions Kb
AT_CYC_P_LeakeMayBikeBoulevardHowTo.pdf icon Stage one: Leake and May Street - How-to guide Kb
AT_CYC_P_LeakeMayBikeBoulevardMap.pdf icon Stage one: Leake and May Street - Map Kb
AT_CYC_FS_Stage_2_Edward_Catherine_Streets.pdf icon Stage two: Edward and Catherine Streets - Fact sheet Kb
AT_CYC_P_Stage2_Edward_Catherine_Streets_map.pdf icon Stage two: Edward and Catherine Streets - Design constraints and opportunities Kb

  Robertson Road Cycleway, Joondalup

The Robertson Road Cycleway runs between the Mitchell Freeway Principal Shared Path and Goollelal Drive, links Greenwood Station with surrounding residential areas.

The upgrade project was completed in January 2017 and included the following improvements:

  • Separation of walking and cycling for the majority of the cycleway.
  • LED lighting upgrades to improve safety.
  • Kids bike skills track at Shepherds Bush Park Playground.
  • Drinking fountains, seating and two bike repair stations.
  • Landscape enhancements to improve passive surveillance and personal safety.

The $1.7 million cycleway was jointly funded by the Safe Active Streets Program and the City of Joondalup.

AT_CYC_FS_BB_RobertsonRd_Fact.pdf icon Bike Boulevards: Robertson Road cycleway - Fact sheet Kb

  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 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.
  • Is a Perth Bike Network (PBN) local bicycle route that bike riders already use.
  • Connects to the Scarborough Beach Road separated bike lanes.
  • Offers potential future stages that 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. Construction was delivered by the City of Vincent.

AT_CYC_FS_BB_ShakespeareSt_Fact.pdf icon Bike Boulevards: Shakespeare Street, Mount Hawthorn - Fact sheet Kb

  The Safe Active Streets National Workshop

After opening WA's first bike boulevard in late 2016, the Department of Transport organised and hosted the first National Safe Active Streets Workshop in March 2017.

The Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, opened the two-day workshop and acknowledged the 200 guests who had travelled from within WA, interstate and from overseas to participate in the event, which enabled discussion and knowledge sharing about safe active streets and bike boulevard initiatives.

The workshop included site visits to three of Perth's nation-leading bike boulevard projects and sessions with Mark Wagenbuur, an internationally renowned Dutch cycling blogger who shared his global perspectives on cycling.

Workshop image gallery


Workshop report

A summary report of the workshop can be downloaded below. For copies of the presentations please email

AT_P_WorkshopSummary_SASW_2017.pdf icon Safe Active Streets National workshop: Report Kb


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