NORTH Fremantle activists say more needs to be done to improve cycling safety around Leighton Beach and surrounding areas to reduce the number of accidents between bicycles and cars.
A number of cyclists use Tydeman Road, Port Beach Road and Curtin Avenue to get to and from work or for daily workouts, but Leighton Action Coalition spokeswoman Sue Harrington said the layout of the roads meant cyclists had a lot to dangers to contend with.
“If you choose to cycle along these roads then you have to contend with large numbers of trucks and commuter cars,” she said.
“If you ride on the dual-use paths, then you have to be vigilant crossing driveways and slip lanes, as well as taking care around walkers and it can be frustratingly slow.”...
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the area “was a concern”.
“Funding for these areas need to be prioritised and should be part of the State Government’s principal shared path program as they are part of a key link between Fremantle and Perth for many commuters,” he said.
“Ultimately, Fremantle is working towards linked networks of bike paths so it is safe to ride all over the city and this will be part of the new bike plan that will be out for advertising in the next couple of months.”