I think we all know Fremantle Council is quite into bikes, I don’t think that is really news for anyone now days.
I go regularly to council meeting, it’s a common point of topic.
ITS had a real feature of Bikes
The 2029 promo for Freos future seemed quite bikieee.
Whole projects are into planning, car parking who cares, DO YOU HAVE BIKE RACKS?
The plans for dedicated bike lanes, cancelling carpark bays for bike racks yes the saga rolls on and on.
What really amazes me is when u look at the state of paths, curbs, bike/pedestrian, ramps off the road onto the Curb, you have to ask how serious are they?
Around the weekend I was driving in my car (its ok I had on my Cilice), on the way to Leighton beach, down Canning Hwy to go right at Queen Victoria St onto the old bridge. Waiting at the lights were 2 cyclists in front of me. The lights went green off the couple went turning right onto the old bridge, I held way back as I could see north bound cars coming up from Freo onto the Bridge, the 1st cyclist cut across both lanes and headed for what I thought was a ramp, the 2nd right behind her, instead of rolling up onto the foot path, she hit the curb and bounced back onto the road causing the 2nd cyclist to also fail to mounted the curb. The car coming up from Freo came round the corner straight at the 2 cyclists, both staggering around trying to get their bikes of the road, had I not stopped, the car entering the road could have had nowhere to go, so he swung out into my lane seeing me stopped in the intersection.
The cyclists looked fine and headed off over the bridge on the shared path, it was seconds away from what could have possibly been a really bad accident?
It may be better/safer to have a another clearly marked ramp going onto the NW island allowing the cyclist to deal with cars from only one direction at a time?
The whole incident would have been avoided by a simple concrete ramp between road and path.
Thinking she had just missed the ramp I went back tonight to have a look at it, sure enough it’s just a really poor design bit of curb, see pic. The Eastern side has quite a nice ramp very functional. What they were thinking on the West side god only knows?
Also during the week I popped into the council office to mention to them the large chunk of curb laying in the contro-flow bike lane on Williams St, just 100m from the council building, a bike hitting that in the dark, would just be a face plant into the road. Had a look tonight same, same? Will they wait for an accident to prompt action, what liability is the city exposed to with such issues?
So perhaps while we have to listen to all the plans of grandeur we could ensure basic maintenance is being done. Do simple things that could stop the cyclists they are trying to encourage to ride from being injured or worse. I know it’s not flashy or photo op printable, no stories in the west but it is really important basic maintenance. Maybe it’s best to start with what’s possible while we are waiting for suspended bikes paths or bridges becoming parks or warp drive?
I really see why Roel gets so pissed off with his constant posts on garbage and maintenance.
So tomorrow I will trundle down to council again to let them know about this one, that ramp at the bridge for an average cyclist is damn dangerous?