As we celebrate Bike Week, the Shire of Kalamunda would like to remind cyclists to follow the road rules when riding recreationally, or training for an event, on Shire roads.
CEO Rhonda Hardy said the Shire had received a number of complaints from residents about cyclists in recent months.
“Mostly the complaints are about riding abreast in large numbers, riding on the wrong side of the road and inappropriate behaviour, she said.
“The Shire is a cycling friendly community and appreciates that cyclists enjoy riding on our roads, particularly in the more scenic hill areas.
“But we do expect riders to know their rights and responsibilities for riding and for cyclists and drivers to mutually respect each other.
In WA a bicycle shares the same road rules as a motor vehicle.
The Shire approves a maximum of 10 cycling events per year and imposes a number of conditions and traffic management obligations on race organisers, but cyclists do not need Shire approval to train or ride recreationally in the area.
“We can only ask for cyclists to be lawful and respectful when riding in and around residential and popular tourist areas and for drivers to be patient when sharing the road with cyclists, and to please follow any traffic management directions in place, when an event is on.
“Specific incidents of inappropriate road user behaviour considered dangerous or overtly threatening should be reported to the local police as soon as possible.”
Cyclists are vulnerable road users, so for their safety extra precautions and awareness is required from both cyclists and drivers.
For more information on road rules for cyclists visit the Road Safety Commission website at https://rsc.wa.gov.au/Road-Rules/Browse/Cyclists
Have Your Say: Bike Network Plan
The Shire has also recently launched a public comment period for the development of a Bike Network Plan which will help to build on the Shire’s bicycle network and improve infrastructure for the cycling community. Public comment period closes on 3 April 2017.
Have Your Say Here
Community Information Sessions
Residents can also attend a community information sessions from 5.30pm - 7.00pm on:
- Tuesday 21 March at the Woodlupine Family and Community Centre
- Tuesday 28 march at the Zig Zag Cultural Centre.
For more information or RSVP by email or phone 9257 9999.
Bike Week 2017
Presented in partnership by the Department of Transport and WestCycle, Bike Week 2017 will run from Friday 17th March to Sunday 26th March 2017.
For more than 30 years Bike Week has played an integral role in promoting bike riding across Western Australia. Past Bike Week events have included two wheeled treasure hunts, bike breakfasts, Ride2School Day, social rides, workshops, comedy shows, pedal-powered film screenings and much much more.
Check out our Bike Week 2017 event information here