Hi people. Do any of you ride along the freeway bike path north of the city - especially between Hutton Street in Osborne Park and Hepburn Avenue in Hillarys?
(This is the section which includes having to cross intersections at Hutton, Cedric Street (outside Stirling Council) and Karrinyup Road.)
I am seeking DETAILED information from you about problems with this cycle route - eg accidents, near misses you have seen or experienced. I think this path is pretty poor compared to other major cycle routes in Perth and I have started lobbying for some action, beginning with a meeting with my MP, John Kobelke, whose Balcatta electorate includes this path, this Friday, 20 July.
As some of you may know, the cycling unit at DPI and the Planning Minister are fully aware of concerns about this path but the main problem is getting enough across-Government support to allocate money.
Please post details here of any problems you have had or what you think the main issues with that particular path are (if there are bad bits south of Hutton, I am interested in that too.)
Or if you wish to call me, please do. The no is 0428 768 803. Cheers, Eloise
I think it can be improved, particularly the crossings and surface. The crossing at Hutton St isn't very friendly at all. I don't use it all that frequently though, partly because the crossings are a pain. It would be nice if the path connected all the way on the east side of the freeway.
Thanks, Leece for that info. FYI, I put a similar post on the Triathlon WA chat site (go to http://www.triwa.org.au/bb/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=560395a86099a65b1cd254639030d25f). Among the responses I have received so far is this bit of exciting news from MichaelP: ****************** As suggested in the above post I filled out a hazard report on the DPI web site concerning the poor state of the Hutton Street bridge cross over. With in a few hours I received the following reply:
Thank you for your email regarding the current bike path crossing at Hutton St bridge on the Mitchell Fwy. As a fellow cyclist, I appreciate your concerns and frustrations with this bike path set up.
I have been advised that there are plans to construct a new section of path from Glendalough Station all the way through to the Stirling Bridge crossover on the Eastern side of the Freeway, however Main Roads and the Department of Planning & Infrastructure are both waiting for funds to be allocated for this project to commence.
Recently, the DPI completed a review of the Bicycle Network in Perth, where members of the public were invited to submit their suggestions and ideas for the Bicycle Network, the Hutton St crossing has been a constant source of frustration for cyclists so we can only hope that funding will be allocated for a new section of path.
In the meantime, I have forwarded your comments regarding the poor state of the path to our Senior Contract Coordinator for his attention and action.
Hopefully the funding will come through. The more hazard reports that they get the more chance of funding - so fill out a report. ***********************
...I think Michael is right. If any of you reading this are fed up with that path, please go to http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling/2345.asp and fill out a form. It only takes a few minutes and could make a difference - otherwise DPI won't get the money next year or it will go somewhere else.
You may also wish to email your MP as I did, with so far pleasing results. If you are in doubt about who your (State Govt) MP is, go to the electoral commission at http://www.waec.wa.gov.au. Cheers!