City Releases Bike Survey Results

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The City of Joondalup has released the results of a community Bike Survey, which was open for comment across March and April 2018.

The Bike Survey is a key component of the City’s Bike Plan – Understanding Bike Riders project and was designed to establish a baseline understanding of bike riding participation levels in the City of Joondalup and the motivators and barriers to cycling.

A total of 667 valid responses were received, with key results as follows:

  • The majority of respondents were regular bike riders with almost two-thirds having cycled at least once within the last week. Of these respondents, approximately half indicated that they normally ride between 5 and 30 kilometres in a single trip. ‘Exercise/fitness’ and ‘fun/enjoyment’ were cited as the top reasons for cycling.
  • Of those respondents who are not regular bike riders, almost half did not feel safe riding a bike and a third did not own a bike.
  • Over one-third of respondents preferred to ride on cycle only paths (37.0%). Approximately one-quarter of respondents preferred on-road bicycle lanes (25.6%) and shared paths (24.1%).
  • The majority of respondents indicated they feel “safe” or “very safe” riding on footpaths, shared paths, cycle-only paths and on-road bicycle lanes. The highest number of respondents (69.1%) indicated they feel “very safe” on cycle-only paths.
  • Pathways and surfaces where many respondents feel “unsafe” or “very unsafe” were roads with no bicycle lanes, particularly those with medium and heavy traffic.
  • Respondents would most like to see ‘more/better cycle only paths’, ‘more/better dual-use paths’ and ‘more/better on-road bicycle lanes’ in the City. ‘More/better end of trip facilities’ and ‘more/better education and promotion’ were ranked the lowest.
  • If the City were to develop information on cycle routes within the City the most preferred method of communication was smart phone app(s) (45.7%) and online maps (38.2%).
  • Overall, respondents were moderately satisfied with bike infrastructure in the City of Joondalup, with 39.9% of respondents “satisfied” or “very satisfied”.

The results of the Bike Survey will be used to inform future City programs, services and infrastructure related to bike riding.

The results will also be shared with City stakeholders including State Government agencies and local governments whom the City shares the responsibility for the delivery of bike related programs and infrastructure.

Significant progress has also been made in implementing projects within the City’s Bike Plan 2016 – 2021 to increase bike riding within the City.

Key achievements across 2017/18 included:

  • Completion of the Whitfords Avenue Shared Path project. The 800 metre-long new path is three metres-wide red asphalt and links the Whitfords Train Station to Timbercrest Rise and Trailwood Drive in Woodvale.
  • Two new connections to the Mitchell Freeway Principal Shared Path (PSP) have been created in Kingsley to improve connectivity to the Greenwood Train Station.
  • The City held a free community bike safety event – the Bike Doctor – at Burns Beach Park as part of Bike Week. A total of 89 bikes received a free bike check.
  • 23 Share the Path on-ground decals were installed or upgraded along the Sunset Coast Shared Path.
  • Urbi Bike Share facilities were officially launched in the City of Joondalup in September 2017. URBI Bike Share is a partnership between urbi, the City and Joondalup Health Campus.

The City’s Bike Plan 2016 – 2021 identifies a vision for Joondalup to be recognised as the bike friendly City and is based on a framework of the ‘Four P’s’ – People, Pathways, Places and Promotions.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City continues to aspire to be the number one bike-friendly City in the metropolitan area.

“We want the bike to be the easiest and most convenient way to get from A to B, and increased bike riding will also result in a healthier lifestyle for our residents,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Through initiatives such as the community Bike Survey and consistent monitoring and reporting of our Bike Plan, we are ensuring that we are listening and taking on board the community’s changing attitudes towards bike riding.

“Ultimately by improving bike infrastructure and enhancing connectivity and functionality it will result in a greener, safer, less congested and more liveable City.”

The next Community Bike Survey will be conducted in 2020/21.