Progress towards a bike friendly Freo
We're starting to make substantial progress towards transforming Fremantle into a bike friendly place. In 2009-10 the City only spent a pitiful $39,000 on bike infrastructure. But since then the annual spend has been increased to over $400,000 per year.
Necessarily most of the works in these first few years has concentrated on fixing problems around the CBD. With this done we can start shifting some of the expenditure east. The 2013-17 Bicycle Plan adopted at the July meeting of council includes around $90,000 to create a dedicated bike crossing of Carrington St at the Lefroy Rd-Rennie Cres intersection.
Currently there are no safe crossing points across Carrington St between Marmion St and Winterfold Rd. A crossing at this point would effectively connect Hilton Primary School, the Hilton Community Centre, the Dick Lawrence reserve, the Beaconsfield shops and the South Fremantle SHS on one axis.
After journeys into the CBD, it's short trips like this where there is the greatest potential to shift people from car to walking and cycling. A big thanks to the Freo Bicycle Users Group and the Mayor for their support.