Fremantle bike plan adopted
31 July 2013 The City of Fremantle council has recently adopted new local bicycle plan for 2014 – 2017.
The City plans to invest more than $2 million in the next four years with an aim to transform itself into Australia’s most bike-friendly city with a boost in infrastructure including an extra 44km of paths, end-of-trip facilities and more bicycle hire options.
Fremantle wants to double its participation rate to 5.8 per cent by 2017.
Bicycling Western Australia chief executive Jeremey Murray welcomed the commitment and commended its bold vision. “While participation rates as high as 5 per cent is a high figure, I think given the city’s demographic, location and street layout that it could be in a good position to achieve this,” Mr Murray said. “BWA would like to see cycling participation in WA increase to 10 per cent over the next 20 years.”
The draft version can be viewed on the City of Fremantle website with a final copy becoming available in the near future.
Read the media coverage of the plans announcement HERE.
More paths, better facilities for Fremantle cyclists
The City of Fremantle has secured State government funds to enhance facilities for cyclists in the port city as part of a million dollar expansion of the Perth metropolitan bicycle network.
The City of Fremantle has just secured State government funds to enhance facilities for cyclists in the port city as part of a million dollar expansion of the Perth metropolitan bicycle network.
The four grants totalling $103,200 were awarded to the City for the construction of new bicycle lanes in Parry Street, new South Beach bicycle parking, construction of new end of trip facilities and the upgrade of the Mather Road shared path.
Administered by the Department for Transport’s Bikewest team, funds from the 2010-11 Perth Bicycle Network Local Government Grants Program will generate 20 km of bicycle lanes, almost 10 km of shared paths and more than 250 new bicycle parking spaces across the metropolitan region.
Keen cyclist and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt-who earlier this year auctioned off his Mayoral parking bay to raise funds for charity-was happy at the news and the benefits it offered people visiting the port city.
“It has been a priority of this council to improve infrastructure to encourage more people to get on their bikes and come into the city,” he said.
“In addition to these State Government funds, council aims to dramatically increase funding further in this area during this new financial year.
“The Perth Bicycle Network program helps improve the health and wellbeing of the community, reduce congestion on our roads and cut vehicle emissions – this has been another priority for the council as the City of Fremantle is WA’s first carbon neutral local government.”
As part of being a “bike friendly” city, Dr Pettitt said the City had also established the Free Wheeling Fremantle free bike hire – suitable for adults and teens – with bikes available from the E-Shed Markets.
“And the City’s new Local Bicycle Plan 2011-16 has just been completed which reviewed cycling infrastructure, identified cycling trends and looked at how to improve connectivity of on road cycle routes that connect the City’s eastern suburbs to the CBD area.”
The Perth Bicycle Network program offers funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the development and implementation of cycling infrastructure, facilities, planning and promotional projects.