Since our creation in early 2014, Five has engaged in extensive formal and informal community consultation and have been advocating our policy positions with various government bodies. Our members have also been “out and about” on our bikes and on foot, to identify danger spots and routes that naturally lend themselves to being earmarked as cyclist and pedestrian thoroughfares.
List of Infrastructure Solutions
The members of Five believe that the active transport needs of Perth can be met by implementing a combination of infrastructure solutions, to create Safe Active Streets, including:
(examples include Vancouver, Canada and Portland, USA – see video Portland, Oregon – http://vimeo.com/16552771
and the Portland design guidebook – http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/bicycle-boulevard-planning-design-guidebook)
a ‘safe active street’ or ‘bike boulevard’ is typically a suburban street with traffic calming measures in place (eg a reduced speed limit, signage to give priority to cyclists, and signage and/or physical barriers to allow local traffic but to discourage through-traffic)
2. Mixed-use and single-use paths
3. Paths that follow roads and paths that don’t
4. Barriers between motorised and non-motorised travellers
For example fences, bollards, plastic “armadillos”, overpasses and underpasses, or green belts like verges or street plantings
5. Pedestrian and cyclist refuges in the middle of busy roads
6. Improved traffic calming measures at intersections
7. Clean and safe end-of-trip facilities
For example; bike storage, showers, change rooms, lockers; in key locations linked by safe bicycle routes.
The Bigger Vision
While Five represents the City of Nedlands, our larger vision is to break down barriers to instituting biking solutions in suburbia generally. We would like to see Safe Active Streets in all suburbs of WA. Ultimately, we would like to see the connection of those suburbs so that people can easily and safely walk, run or cycle all over WA.
A group of like minded adjoining Councils have already taken up this vision with a project to realise a network of bike paths connecting Perth to Fremantle and the beach to the bay (river). This project began in 2017 when Five partnered with ‘Perth to Port – Bike and Walk’. Members now include Councillors from Nedlands, Claremont, Mosman Park, Cottesloe, Fremantle and Peppermint Grove.
Want to Join or Connect?
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