Earlier this year, we shared a series of articles that featured cities from around the world that have transformed into bike-friendly cities. The purpose of the Bike Friendly Cities series was to inspire Western Australia and particularly the City of Perth to #InvestInCycling.
From the largest of cities such as New York, to more Perth-sized cities such as Austin and Davis, there are many recent examples of cities that are finding ways to transform their built environments to create safe, liveable and vibrant places to work, recreate and live by encouraging more of its residents to cycle.
In total, nine bike-friendly cities in this series were featured. If you haven’t had a chance to view them all, below are the links.
New York City, USA | Calgary, Canada | London, England | Seville, Spain | Austin, USA | San Francisco, USA | Davis, USA | Barcelona, Spain | Vancouver, Canada
Overall, our observations are that there are six common elements that all of these cities have shown to increase cycling participation successfully. These are:
- Strong political and community support
- Rapidly building a complete cycle network and not piece by piece
- Piloting separated infrastructure with temporary and removable delineators, trialling what works and making quick adjustments towards installing permanent protected and separated infrastructure
- Constructing a cycling infrastructure “landmark” or “flagship” project that the whole community wants to visit and ride to “kick start” and promote cycling in the city.
- Prioritising infrastructure that facilitates short trips by bike that connects key destinations, such as schools, stations and activity centres (shopping/cafe strips).
The key point here is that none of these cities transformed without a ‘tipping point’. All cities had challenges, setbacks and opposition but only those that had strong community and political support were the ones that persevered.
In Perth, we have a great Principal Shared Path network leading into the city – and recent extensions of the Fremantle Railway PSP and Tonkin Highway PSP are great examples. Yet once we reach the perimeter of the CBD, the network ends and riders must fend for themselves competing with motor vehicles and buses or share spaces with high pedestrian activity.
This is where we are calling for your support. The Department of Transport and the City of Perth are asking for community feedback to develop a new Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan. The outcome will be a 10-year vision for transport investment in the Perth CBD, and a four-year program of evidence-based initiatives to be implemented between 2020 and 2024.
As WA’s capital, Perth has the opportunity to be revitalised by considering how we prioritise how we travel to, from and through our growing and vibrant city centre. Over the last six months, WestCycle has contributed to three workshops as part of a Reference Group that included a variety of stakeholders. It is now your turn to speak up to make bike riding a more viable and accessible form of transport in the CBD.
This is a once in 10-year opportunity to help set the direction for a future Perth and we need as many people as possible to speak up for to make bike riding a more viable and accessible form of transport in the CBD.
To complete the survey, visit: https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/cbd-transport-plan