Bike Boulevards are part of the Safe Active Streets Program initiated by the Department of Transport.
AUGUST 2017 – The Leake Street and May Street Bike Boulevard runs from the Swan River foreshore to Adelphi Street in Bayswater and connects to paths along the Midland railway line and the river making it easier to reach a number of local destinations by bike. Leake Street and May Street were a part of several options investigated and were chosen because they:
- Provide a direct route from the Swan River Recreational Shared Path to Midland Line Principal Shared Path, on to Morley City Centre, encouraging local trips to be made by bike.
- Run past Bayswater Primary School and St Columbus Primary School.
- Provide easy access to Bayswater town centre and train station.
- Offer potential for future extensions in multiple directions.
MARCH 2017 – The first Safe Active Streets National Workshop was held in Perth between 23 and 24 March 2017 at the Perth Town Hall. Close to 200 delegates comprising State and local government, private sector transport planners, traffic engineers, urban planners, advocacy groups and individual campaigners from across the country attended the two-day workshop. Download the workshop report HERE>>
Find out more about the Safe Active Streets Program at the Department of Transport website.
MARCH 2015 – The Cycling Imagineering Workshop and a Ministerial Roundtable Dinner with two Dutch Transport Planners was held with the aim to explore innovative options to provide a safe and connected cycling network for people of all ages in Perth and regions. A key outcome of the workshop and roundtable dinner was the Bike Boulevard Pilot Project part of the Safe Active Streets program aimed to safely connect school and stations together in local communities.
WHAT ARE BICYCLE BOULEVARDS?
Bicycle boulevards provide a low-speed environment on quiet, low-traffic streets where more people feel comfortable to ride. 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 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 following animation further explains the Bike Boulevard concept:
BICYCLE BOULEVARD PILOT PROJECTS
Minister for Transport, Dean Nalder MLA announced the Safe Active Streets Program on 24 October 2015 with a $3 million investment into four pilot Bicycle Boulevards. The aim on the project is to create safe, low speed environments that encourage bike riding and active transport.
The Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Joondalup, and Vincent are participating are also investing in the project. The success of the pilot project is expected to encourage more local government authorities to create similar facilities in their areas. The current projects are:
- Leake Street and May Street, Bayswater (Bayswater).
- Shakespeare Street, Mount Hawthorn (Vincent).
- Surrey Road, Belmont (Belmont).
- Robertson Road Cycleway, Kingsley (Joondalup).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do we need Bike Boulevards?
Bike Boulevards can allow local people to choose bikes over cars, mainly for short trips. They can also help create communities of people that see biking as more convenient, easy and sociable, and that they can bike anywhere, anytime.
Some advantages are:
- beating congestion, and saving time.
- reducing car use around schools and train stations, providing safety benefits.
- priority parking for bikes, at schools, shops, universities, train and bus stations.
What was the process for deciding to create Bike Boulevards?
- February 2015: The Auditor General announced an audit on Safe and Viable Cycling in the Perth Metropolitan Area to find out whether Perth had suitable support and infrastructure to enable cycling to be a safe and viable mode of transport.
- March 2015: An Imagineering Workshop brought together various stakeholders to focus on five key areas to assist with the ongoing development of a number of initiatives within the WABN. The workshop provided key outcomes that have informed the creation of the Bike Boulevard Pilot Project.
- March 2015: Premier Colin Barnett and the Minister for Road Safety Liza Harvey hosted a roundtable discussion and workshop with prominent cycling groups, relevant government agencies, the RAC and others to examine the nature of cycling crashes and explore short to medium term countermeasures.
How do Bike Boulevards operate?
Bike Boulevards offer a safer and more pleasant riding experience with vehicle speeds reduced to 30km/h.
While there may be some minor differences between Bike Boulevards, the following general guidelines apply:
- bike riders have space to ride two abreast, cars give way to bikes allowing safe overtaking.
- when two cars meet, one pulls in behind the bike until the other car passes.
- cars give way to bike riders at intersections, and spacious median refuges make it safer for bikes to cross.
How will Bike Boulevards improve safety?
Choosing quiet streets with low traffic volumes offers an immediate safety advantage, and with a little tweaking the street becomes more attractive for residents and more inviting for bike riders and pedestrians. Access for residents with cars remains the same. Depending on the location, on-street parking may be modified. This will all be worked out with residents. The State Government and the Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Joondalup and Vincent will provide more information as each project progresses.
To find out more about the Safe Active Streets Program, visit the Department of Transport website HERE>>
This information has been sourced from:
Department of Transport Western Australia. (28 April 2016) Active Transport: Safe Active Streets Program. DoT website