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I was on the Perth water front redevelopment web site perthwaterfront com au and was interested to see in reading the FAQâ€™S this statement about riding along the river.
Q: Riverside path Will I still be able to ride my bike along the river edge?
A: The foreshore recreation path will remain and will be primarily for recreational users. Increased activities along the foreshore will change the nature of this path and it will become less suitable for higher speed, longer distance trips. Commuter cyclists or those wishing to travel at greater speeds will be accommodated through an on-street facility along Riverside Drive.
Now I must Admit, I donâ€™t ride along there often, but when I do itâ€™s nice to know that I can and that itâ€™s â€œsuitableâ€ for me to do so. I am interested to hear other peopleâ€™s views on this development and water front dual use path. I will add I am not anti the development I just like to know that as cyclists we are not pushed out.
Ah, it all sounds good in political theory & carefully worded sales speak as sanctioned by the PR department that authorised the press release.
I appreciate its a sensitive area and topic for commuters, pedestrians and hard core circuit monkeys alike down on the city esplanade. But whatever promotes better awareness between the various users of the paths.. the better.
Please don't assume I'm on Facebook.
I'd be happy to see them put that bike lane on the road immediately. It's already too busy for both foot traffic and cyclists.
Maybe it is the cynic in me but this plan will probably suffer the same fate as the others and be shelved as too hard or from change of government.
If they were really serious about getting people into the city they would deregulate trading and make sure that there are no empty premises along the main streets. Make it attractive to trade and shop in the city. The whole problem lies in the fact that the City of Perth council have been to be creating little fiefdoms that they have lost direction and once in office are no longer answerable.
I personally like the fact that there are no high rise developments along the foreshore but I am in favour of sinking Riverside Drive and bringing the river back to it's old path closer to Supreme Court Gardens. Small scale development of restaurants is then acceptable.
This has the hallmarks of becoming an enclave of overpriced restaurants and closed to the public most of the time.
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