To promote collaboration and knowledge sharing across the nation, a National Safe Active Streets Workshop will be held in Perth on 23 and 24 March 2017. This workshop will provide attendees with the background and lessons for the Perth projects, site visits to the three projects, an update from each state and discussion on where to from here and a Key Note from prominent Dutch cycling blogger Mark Wagenbuur.
The information flyer with registration details can be downloaded here (PDF 2MB).
Register for workshop here | Mark Wagenbuur's 'Bicycle Dutch' blog site here
Background story and blog post
Back in September 2014, the Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) initiated an ‘Influentials’ tour of The Netherlands, which inspired many from the tour to take cycling to the next level in Australia. This resulted in the CPF facilitating two leading transport planning experts from The Netherlands being brought to Australia for a national tour in March 2015.
The Perth leg of the tour included a high level round table discussion with the Transport Minister, transport executives and key influencers in cycling that generated the option to develop a Bike Boulevards Program. This option was cemented the next day in an Imagineering Workshop, where a range of potential projects were explored with open eyes and open minds. Shortly after the tour a new $3m Safe Active Streets Program, (Bike Boulevards) was announced for 2015/16. This has since been expanded to a $9m program over three years.
Since the program was announced, the Department of Transport has led the development of three innovative projects in partnership with the Cities of Vincent, Bayswater and Belmont. Each project has importantly involved engagement with cycling advocacy groups and the private sector cycling design experts. The objectives of each project is to safely link bike riders with town centres, schools, recreation facilities, higher order regional shared paths and train stations.
Since mid 2015, the projects have evolved with new standards being developed including; agreement for a 30km/h design and posted speed limit with new narrow street widths to keep car speeds down. This is achieved by formalising the parking to reduce the trafficable road width, switching the parking from one side to another every 100m via one lane slow points and raised plateaus at intersections.
By taking this approach the streets have been designed for most ages and abilities to maximise cycling opportunities that create streets for people. With each project learnings are being taken into account for adoption in future projects.
Stage one of the Shakespeare Street project in Mt Hawthorn, over a distance of 1km was constructed between June and December 2016. The upgraded street was opened with a community event by the Minister for Transport Bill Marmion and City of Vincent Mayor John Carey on 4 December. As the photos show there is a stark contrast between the wide and open previous layout and what is now in place.
The City of Bayswater project in May and Leake Streets, Bayswater over 4.5km has just started construction with stage one due for completion in March 2017. The City of Belmont project in Surrey Road, Belmont over 4km will commence construction in early 2017. A further seven projects are in the planning stages for future implementation.