Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser

Draft Subiaco Bike Plan

Submissions closed on 5 October 2015.


The main objective of the bike plan is to encourage more cycling to and from Subiaco, and increase the number of trips within Subiaco which is approximately 4% as compared to car use at 48%, ref. page 2.

The federal and state government’s (via Directions 2031) Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 sets out to double the number of people cycling over the next 5 years.  Subiaco’s bike plan has been developed as a result, ref. pages 5-6.

At a meeting organised for Townshend Road residents many expressed their concerns about a dedicated bike lane on this road and its detrimental effects on the amenity of the locality.

The other residential road which could be affected by a dedicated bike lane is Hamersley Road.  It is narrow at the western end, many homes do not have off-street parking, and it is the location of the Subiaco Primary School.

The plan involves removing kerbside parking, widening the road and retrofitting existing traffic calming road humps with bicycle traffic calming treatments, ref. pages 30-31.

My own personal view is that the widening of residential roads to permit a bike path is not a suitable option for the following reasons:

  1. Narrow residential roads makes them easier to cross and safer for mixed used when the traffic speed is lower, eg Rokeby Road has a 40km speed limit and is mixed use – pedestrians, cyclists, pram pushing, and cars.
  2. The roads identified in the Bike Plan are major roads, except for two, Townshend and Hamersley, ref, p.27. They should be excluded from the plan to widen the road.
  3. Townshend and Hamersley Roads do not provide a direct access to Kings Park.  Major changes to Thomas Street and access to Kings Park would need to be completed first before Subiaco’s residential roads are changed.
  4. The existing roundabouts are problematic for cyclists.
  5. The plan proposes the removal of curb side parking, and the existing median which could be problematic for existing mature trees, and a lack of refuge when crossing the road.
  6. Our own experiences is that roads empty of parked cars are enticing for faster speeds.

Subiaco Council does have a parking policy with the objective to reduce parking from the primary street where alternative access is available. Each resident should check how this policy might apply to their residence, ref. Residential Car Parking policy, p.2.

Subiaco’s Town Planning Scheme has the highest ranking of any document to determine a planning outcome.

Division 8: Tree Preservation on page 38 would be useful to reference to protect the amenity of Townshend Road.  Residents could request by petition to place a Tree Preservation Order to protect mature verge trees.

Part 6, Car Parking on page 47 may also be of use in a submission, and the continued right to use an existing crossover for parking.

This list is not exhaustive.  Please see Council’s full list of Town planning controls and policies here.

Otherwise contact me and I will assist you to make a submission.

SUBMISSIONS DUE 5 OCTOBER 2015 via email to city@subiaco.wa.gov.au




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