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FREMANTLE BIKE PLAN 2019-24

19 September 2019

Fremantle Bike Plan 2019-24

Adopted by Council 28 August 2019

On 28 August 2019, the Fremantle Bike Plan 2019-24 was adopted by the City of Fremantle Council. Thanks to those who provided feedback. Below is a summary of the details about the City of Fremantle’s Bike Plan 2019-24, consultation process, including how your feedback has influenced the final.

Consultation

Phase 1

In 2018, the City asked the community to share your experiences riding in and around Fremantle to inform the Bike Plan Review. 

  • 109 surveys were completed and 38 people placed 215 pins on the ‘map my ride’ tool identifying where riding was good, bad and improvement ideas.
  • 139 areas were identified for improvement with the 5 top ‘hot spots’: North Fremantle/ Tydeman and river crossing; South Terrace/ Marine Terrace; South Terrace/ Wray Avenue; Hampton Road/ Cockburn Road; and city centre eastern area.
  • People like the off-road separated paths, the low-speed city centre, Hollis Park connection and various low speed attractive and connected local roads.
  • The top 3 trip purposes for regular riders are leisure and recreation, commuting to work or running errands.
  • The top three barriers to riding for non-regular riders are lack of bike lanes and paths, unsafe road conditions and speed and traffic volume on roads

This input was incorporated into the draft Bike Plan in three main ways:

  • Nine ‘projects in the pipeline’ which are under consideration, subject to budget and approvals, and include route and cycling infrastructure improvements.
  • Staged planning and design process proposed for new and improving existing bike routes, incorporating the Department of Transport’s ‘route hierarchy’ of: 
    • Primary (off-road paths/ routes); 
    • Secondary (protected on-road lanes); and 
    • Local (low speed, low vehicle volume streets). Each route has an explanation for its timing. Working with the Department of Transport with these hierarchies will help with future grant funding.
  • Similar to the previous Bike Plan, the draft also included programs and promotion activities to encourage riding, such as partnership with the Department of Transport’s Your Move Program and community events.

Phase 2

In June 2019, the City sought feedback on its Draft Bike Plan before it finalised and presented to Council for endorsement. 

During the advertising period, the My Say Freo page was visited by 439 people and 26 made submissions. WestCycle met with City staff and also made a submission.

Key findings from this engagement were that:

  • Most respondents were regular riders (85%).
  • Nearly half participated in the phase one engagement (42%).
  • Over half (14) had a high level of support or specifically made positive comments about the proposed hierarchy.
  • Suggestions were made around specific locations such as Hampton Road, Knutsford Street, Stevens Street and Tydeman Rodd.
  • Other key comments were on connectivity out of Fremantle and the need for more bike parking.
  • An overall level of support for the programs and promotion (13) was expressed with several others (6) stating they don’t attend this type of event or already cycle so they have no need, but still support the idea for others.
  • Other general comments were made on the strong consultation and support for the Council reviewing and providing new bicycle infrastructure (6).

Key Changes to the Draft Bike Plan following its public consultation:

  • Inclusion of a new local route in North Fremantle, reflecting the logical, most convenient existing route to the town centre and Fremantle Traffic Bridge connection.
  • Designation of Marine Terrace and Douro Road as secondary routes, complementing the coastal off-road path routes and connection to Hampton Road and South Fremantle shopping centre.
  • Extension of the Wray Avenue activity area across Hampton Road to identify the mixed use/commercial land uses between Hampton Road and South Street.
  • Inclusion of cordon count intersection information (areas of riding increase and where it has decreased).
  • Recognition of emerging riding trends such as e-bikes and the need to design/provide infrastructure accordingly (e.g. bike parking and refuge island widths).

For more information:

To view the bike plan and the council minutes in full, please visit
https://mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/bike-plan-review 

Disclaimer – Please use this information as a guide and check the project website for up-to-date information

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