12 June 2012 – Bicycling Western Australia is concerned the impact the redevelopment will have on bike riding through and around the City of Perth.
The details of the planned cycling infrastructure throughout the Elizabeth Quay precinct remains sketchy at best. Bicycling Western Australia continues to liaise with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), Department of Transport and City of Perth to ensure cyclists are represented and considered throughout the development of the Elizabeth Quay project.
At this stage there has been no indication of what (if any) cycle infrastructure will be provided in and around the whole project. We are waiting on further information and will keep you informed as the details are announced.
A key stage of the Elizabeth Quay project is now under way, with the start of work to open up the inlet at the centre of the precinct. It’s an extensive process which will eventually bring the river back to the city.The work involves building a limestone and granite wall that will hold back the Swan River and allow excavation on the inlet to begin. View the infographic HERE>>
24 January 2014 – The design of the bridge over Elizabeth Quay has finally been revealed. The bridge has been through many iterations and we think this one is a pretty good solution. BWA continues to work with the MRA to ensure cyclists are properly considered throughout the whole project and we’ll keep advocating for better cycling infrastructure on the routes around the EQ project. What are your thoughts on the final design? MORE>>
18 September 2013 – The design and layout of the bridge across Elizabeth Quay is yet to be finalised. Bicycling Western Australia has received a briefing from representatives of the MRA and we are pleased to see that the concerns raised by us in previous meeting are being addressed.
The current concepts being developed appears to be more ‘cycle-friendly’ with the bridge having a reduced incline, wider decks (minimum of 6m), better approaches and improved sightlines.
The whole area will be shared with pedestrians and the low-speed environment will mean that many ‘weekend road warriors’ will choose to remain on-road and travel around the development rather than making taking the shorter (and much slower) route across the bridge.
The on-road facilities are currently being developed in conjunction with the City of Perth and Main Roads WA. We will continue to push for on-road cycle and off-road paths throughout the area to cater for all rider types and improve safety for cyclists.
30 January 2013 – Works continue to progress on the Elizabeth Quay development and Bicycling Western Australia continues to liase with the MRA and its contractors. We have received a number of updates on the progress of the various elements of the whole precinct.
We understand there has been a major re-think on the design of the bridge over the inlet and it is hoped that a public annoucement regarding the bridge will be made in the next month. We have again outlined our concerns with the previous design and hope any new concept will address these items.
We know that the whole precinct precinct will be designated as ‘slow-speed, shared’ environment and there is some concern about the potential for conflict between pedestrians and cyclists. It is hoped there will be some delineation to highlight where bicycles and pedestrians should travel to avoid conflict.
We still attempting to ascertain what other cycling infrastructure (bike lanes, on-road lanes etc) will be provided around the inlet on Barrack and Williams Streets, The Esplanade and the new street along the water’s edge.
It is hoped that the bridge design will be made public in the next month.
9 August 2012 – The MRA convened a meeting with the various stakeholders to get more feedback on the proposed design of the bridge across Elizabeth Quay. This was attended by Bicycling Western Australia, Main Roads WA, Department of Transport, City of Perth and other cycling stakeholders.
We reaffirmed our position as outlined to the MRA in June 2012 much of which was supported by the other parties in attendance. The MRA and their design consultants indicated that they would take all the feedback provided into consideration before proceeding further.
7 August 2012 – To further ensure that the MRA is clear on our thoughts on the lack of cycling infrastructure in and around the Elizabeth Quay precinct, the CEO has today met with the MRA Chief Executive, Keiran Kinsellas. The CEO provided Mr Kinsellas with a background to our organisation and outlined our role in representing the interests of all bike riders.
In this meeting we expressed our concerns about the current bridge design and the lack of detail on any proposed cycling insfrastructure. We also took the opportunity to encourage the MRA to also be mindful of the needs rider in its other projects including the City Link and Riverside (Causeway) developments.
Mr Kinsellas was very supportive of cycling infrastructure and gave assurances that bikes and riding are always included when developing plans and designs for developments.
28 June 2012 – The MRA has allowed us the opportunity to take a sneak-peak at the yet-to-be released concept drawings of the bridge that will span the Quay. Bicycling Western Australia is primarily concerned with the functionality and suitability of the bridge for bike riders and how they will interact with other bridge users and less so on the form and design.
The bridge has been designed to allow for low-speed recreational riding in a shared environment. It will have a maximum gradient of 3% (1:33) which meets Australian Design Standards and is DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant. While quiet visually stunning the bridge would offer cyclist little in the way of funtionality.
The current proposed design and plans are confidential and we have been required to sign a confidentality agreement. Therefore specific details and drawings cannot be provided.
We have not had a chance to inspect the designs in any great detail however we have raised the following concerns with the design team:
- Minimum width of the bridge path at the apex is only four metres. We feel this is insufficient given the number of pedestrians and bike riders that are projected to use the bridge
- Poor sightlines – especially on the approaches to the bridge
- Sharp turns on the approaches to the bridge
- Pedestrians and bike riders are not separated
- No indication of the surface treatments (ie bitumen, concrete, wood etc)
We have suggested that they reconsider the design and take into consideration the matters mentioned above prior to having them approved by the MRA and the Minister responsible.
7 May 2012 – A member has raised concerns about the impact of the Perth foreshore redevelopment project at the recent Annual General Meeting. The Board agreed that this issue was of significant importance believes we should be advocating on behalf of all bike riders to ensure their interests were being considered.
Bicycling Western Australia has been in contact with the Metorpolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the design consultants to raise our concerns and has offered to consult with them and provide feedback on the impact of the redevelopment. It is hoped we can arrange a face-to-face meeting.