2019 is shaping up to be a critically important year for the cycling community to ensure that Perth becomes a bike-friendly city. With both the Road Safety Commission’s WA Road Safety Strategy and the Department of Transport’s CBD Transport Plan currently under review, in the coming months, the community will be asked to ‘have their say’ and we need to as many people who want to see Perth become a bike-friendly city to get involved.
Over the coming weeks, we will be featuring cities from around the world that have transformed into bike-friendly cities to inspire Western Australia and particularly the City of Perth to #InvestInCycling
We start with one of the biggest cities in the world, New York. Famously known for its Yellow Cabs and as the third most congested city in the world, New York has been transforming its streets over the last decade, dramatically increasing cycling participation, cyclist safety as well as making their streets more liveable.
Key facts (1,2)
- In 1997, the City established a Bicycle Master Plan, but it wasn’t until 2007 when Janette Sadik-Khan became New York City’s chief transportation official, who, after a trip to Copenhagen, set out to change New York Streets
- There were 46,057 commuters who primarily biked to work in 2015, or more than double the 16,468 in 2005.
- The City’s bike routes have grown to 1,133 miles from 513 miles in 2006, including 425 miles of protected bike lanes.
- The City has focused on bike safety as part of its Vision Zero campaign to eliminate traffic fatalities, committing to build an additional 50 miles of bike lanes every year, including 10 miles of protected bike lanes — a goal that it exceeded in 2017.
- This was all achieved despite only costing 1% of the City’s capital budget.
Key Project: 9th Avenue Parking Protected Bicycle Lane
- In 2007, 9th Avenue (between 16th and 23rd Street) became the site for America’s first parking-protected bicycle lane.
- The pilot was a roaring success, bicycle volumes increased by 65% and crashes down by 48%.
- Retail sales along the route increased by almost 49%
- The 9th Avenue pilot was the catalyst for the City to transform its streets and public space.
- In 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Complete Streets Act requiring state, county and local agencies to consider the convenience and mobility of all users when developing transportation projects.