Saturday, 26 September 2020

City of Perth councillor candidates - part 2

The third in a series of guest blog posts.  Perth Bike Hub asks candidates in the City of Perth council election to share their vision for bicycle transport. Here’s Part 2 of responses from council candidates.

Responses from other candidates are here:

Perth Bike Hub has a Facebook page and can be found on Twitter @perthbikehub


1. What is your vision for the role of bicycles and other micro-mobility modes (such as electric scooters) in the City of Perth’s transport system?


2.  Around two-thirds of Australians say they would like to ride a bicycle, especially for short trips, but only if it feels safe. Would you like to see more Perth residents on bicycles and if so, what specific actions will you take to improve bicycle transport in the City of Perth should you be elected?


3.  The state government recently announced funding to build key bicycle routes along Bennett, Moore, Wittenoom and Nile Streets. If elected will you support construction of these routes?



1. Under utilised; We need more public facilities to securely park bikes and charge scooters/skateboards.We have many vacant shops and blocks within Perth that can be supplied with power and converted to stops for commuters.

I want to see more use of alternative transport, this is the best solution to reduce congestion many of our 1-way streets...

I personally own a Canadian Lacroix Prototype, a high end electric skateboard and want more opportunities in Perth to use it.

2. Make it easier to travel on bike, encourage bikes to share pedestrian footpaths (they are allowed now), provide rest areas/charging stops within the city.

- End of trip facilities.

- Allow trains to have areas where bikes can be taken on.

3. I support the construction of new bicycle routes, however they need to comply with local laws and be subjected to input from residents that live or share these routes.

I DO NOT support: Scooter or bike renting, these have become an issue for local councils overseas, where companies make scooter/bikes cheap to rent, while users end up dumping these bikes on footpaths after they are used.

PBH summary:

Viktor Ko identifies potential for more secure bike parking and charging stations for e-mobility devices. As an e-skateboard user, he likely has greater insight than most on the issue of charging provision in the city.

It’s odd he considers traffic congestion as primarily an issue for one-way streets, and his acceptance (indeed, further encouragement) of the current footpath jostle between pedestrians and bike riders lacks vision. However, he says he does support the construction of new bicycle routes. 

Additionally he calls for more end-of-trip facilities and train provision for bicycles.

His vocal opposition to shared scooter/bike schemes suggests a reluctance to learn from the challenges of other jurisdictions and find better solutions for our own city. While dock-less schemes can be problematic, there are hundreds of cities worldwide with successful docked style schemes.


1.  Surely Perth has to be one of the best places to cycle in the world.  I would like to see Perth known as a cycling destination for tourists and locals alike.  


2.  Installing bike counters, bike parking (and lighting) and end of trip facilities are some things where council can have an impact.


3.  Need more detail, which I hope will come in due time.

PBH summary:

Catherine Lezer believes conditions for riding a bicycle in central Perth are already good (among the best in the world) and wants to use this cycling status as a way to draw visitors and locals.

She notes a number of bike-related matters where council can play a role (counters, parking, lighting and end-of-trip facilities) but does not say whether these are things she will champion on council. 

She would not commit either way on the proposed East Perth cycle routes.


1.  I would be happy to see an increase in the use of shared bikes and electric scooters. Not only would it suit pedestrians in the City The electric scooter system specifically is very popular in Bali with families, I believe such a scooter system would bring people into the City. Bringing people into the City is listed as a priority in the City of Perth Strategic Community Plan. The use of bikes and scooters as opposed to cars also has a positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint.

If the use of scooters and bikes were to increase, we need to acknowledge that we would be faced with a problem of where they could be ridden. Ultimately it would be great to see dedicated lanes for bikes and scooters.

2.  In order to make bike users feel safe whilst riding they would need designated lanes that are specific to bike use. Funding and space permitted I would be happy to support the construction of such lanes. More bikes = Less cars,  Less cars = Less parking problems. I am favour of infrastructure that decreases parking problems.

3.  I would need to base my decision on a council report, however I imagine the City administration would be aware of such funding, I would even say they had input into the funding being granted. Therefore in all likelihood the report would be in favour of the bicycle route. If this was the case at this stage I see no reason why I wouldn’t support the bicycle route.

PBH summary:

Terresa Lynes backs the idea of publicly available shared bikes and e-scooters and sees such systems appealing to people on foot and visitors to the city.  She acknowledges that the success of such systems would require safe spaces for their use, and voices support for dedicated bike/scooter lanes in the city.

She recommends designated cycle lanes to enable people to feel safe. Her comment about supporting “construction of such lanes” gives a hint she probably knows that simply painting the lanes is not enough.


Terresa supports the idea of replacing car journeys with bike journeys to reduce the number of cars in the city and demand for car parking.

She offers guarded support for their construction of the proposed East Perth bicycle routes.


Did not respond.


1.  I believe bikes and more particularly micro-mobility modes are becoming more common and I think that these methods of quick, short to long distance travel methods will become important as part of the transport landscape.  Clubs such as Bike Hub will be pivotal to be an advocacy group for these people to bring issues to the City of Perth around access, maintenance and use.

2.  I would like to see more bike lanes added to more if not all city roads, this would allow bike riders a safer road option to get in and around the city.  I walk a lot around the city and often see near accidents between bicycles and cars, even with bike lanes.

I would commit to work with clubs like yours to identify opportunities and issues faced and where possible pick off the easy to achieve items and target bigger projects with the State Government where relevant and plan for growth of users in and out of the city.  The one thing I hate is poor planning, so let's not rush anything, let's do it right and do it once for now and plan for the future.

The people who ride bikes are the ones who know the issues more than most and advocating with groups like yours allows for a collective voice to move for positive change.

3.  I am definitely in support of these routes, particularly the light upgrades that are also proposed.  I also believe the safety improvements proposed are important and will allow cyclists and other users safer access to and out of the city, reducing interactions with vehicles. These could be improved upon and probably don't go far enough.

PBH summary:

Michelle Rosenberg shows an awareness of the potential for increased use of bicycles and other microbility modes in the City of Perth and of how engaging with relevant stakeholders can better inform the outcomes.

Her desire to target some early quick wins suggests a commitment to action. Her preference for thorough planning will likely mean slower progress, however she seems motivated by a desire to get things done properly.

She supports the proposed East Perth bicycle routes and suggests more routes should be on the table.


1.  As a climate change policy adviser with a passion for sustainable cities I know how beneficial active transport and micro-mobility modes are for reducing the carbon emissions of our City, improving it’s livability and improving the health of our citizens.

There was a 200-300% increase in bike ridership during covid this year. This an ideal moment to solidify and support that behaviour change into the future by investing in our active transport infrastructure to ensure it is safe, connected, convenient and accessible. In addition, building bike and active transport infrastructure is also a great jobs creator and a fantastic stimulus measure as we all look to recover better from cover.

If we are to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the aspirational goal set out by the state government, then we must invest in more active and carbon neutral modes of transport.

If we are to ensure the City of Perth is a vibrant, accessible, safe place to live, work and play we need our city to be designed for people, not cars and creating more pedestrian and cycle friendly streets is one of the first steps in designing our city differently.

For all of these reasons, it is my hope that the City of Perth (in collaboration with the state government) takes this moment of change and opportunity to invest in world class cycling infrastructure for our City. I would like our entire transport system to be safe, connected, convenient and accessible and I would like to see active transport modes like cycling, micro-mobility and walking to be highly valued in our transport mix. I know doing so will bring so many benefits to our environment and to our community.

2.  I would love to see more of Perth’s residents, workers and visitors on bicycles. If elected I would encourage the City to work collaboratively with the state government to improve active transport infrastructure in our city so that it is safer, more connected and more convenient. I would advocate for:

  • Extending and better connecting our network of cycle paths, so riders can have a continuous, convenient, safe journey into and across our City.  The state government’s recent funding announcement for new key bicycle routes in the city (as mentioned in question 3) is a great start.  In addition, I would advocate for these new paths to be constructed from recycled road base to reduce their carbon footprint and help the city on a path to zero emissions.
  • Ensuring the safety of riders and their bicycles by investing in path and lighting upgrades as well as more secure bike parking facilities at key locations within the City of Perth.
  • Allowing bikes on Perth's peak hour trains - perhaps by dedicating the last carriage of every train to bike commuters at all times.

3.  I will certainly support the construction of new key bicycle routes in the city if elected.  I would like to ensure the community has an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the most suitable location for new bicycle routes. If the community agrees that Bennett, Moore, Wittenoom and Nile streets are the best sites then, yes, I would support construction on these routes.

PBH summary:

Aimee Smith shares a broad and optimistic view of the potential for cycling in Perth. She sees cycling as offering great opportunity for Perth and shows an understanding of the role of bicycles and other micromobility modes in improving the liveability, health and sustainability of cities.

She identifies the latent demand for cycling in Perth and understands the many benefits of meeting this unmet demand: from greater urban vibrancy and safer streets to creating jobs and meeting emissions targets.

She supports more cycle infrastructure (including the proposed East Perth bicycle routes), secure bike parking and reforms to allow greater provision for bikes on trains (proposals that in some cases fall outside local government control.)


1.  I live in the city and regularly use my bike and skateboard to get around or to go for a relaxing cruise at night. Whenever I’m out, I have to choose between using the pavement which is bumpy and covered with many hazardous obstacles which slow me down or using the road where I am constantly worried about being killed by someone who hasn’t checked their blind spot.

The vast majority of our community agrees that we need to get more people on their bikes. The experts all agree that cycling is a great way to positively impact a whole number of community issues - from congestion to public safety, public health and global warming.

Despite all this, our streets continue to be designed around cars with pedestrians being treated as second class commuters and cyclists being as third class commuters. 

How can we expect more people to cycle when the experience is not great for everyone?

Painting strips of asphalt green is not enough. Our council needs to take a wholistic approach to personal transport where bicyclists and pedestrians are treated as equal first class commuters.

2.  Bike share network
The vast majority of the city’s residents are less than three kilometres away from town hall. Cycling is the best way to travel these distances yet countless residents do not own a bike while the majority of visitors to our city do not have a bike with them. One of my flagship plans is to work with other councillors to build a high quality docked share bike network which will make bikes accessible to all city residents and visitors. A docked bike share network will make it easier for locals to get about, reduce the barrier of entry for the thousands in Perth who do not own a bike and will assist in developing a bike culture.

Dedicated bike lanes
I believe we should review the city’s existing bicycle strategy to embrace Dutch design principles. For example, in addition to Principle Shared Paths, I believe high traffic areas should have dedicated bike lanes which are separated from car lanes and pedestrians.

Implement community led decision making
One of the challenges in changing our infrastructure is cost - we cannot afford to redesign and rebuild our city streets overnight. This is why in addition to fighting for increased investment in cycling infrastructure, I will work to create a community led decision making body who will assist in prioritising the city’s finite infrastructure budget and inform how infrastructure can better serve community needs.

Reduce congestion
Congestion and through traffic is another concern of mine. I will work with the city planning teams and Main Roads to find ways to reduce the number of unnecessary non-resident vehicles in the city so that roads are quieter and safer for cyclists to use.

Report council performance
I believe the city needs to create a regularly updated, publicly accessible information dashboard that can be used to measure the city’s performance against a robust set of measures. The public can use this information to determine whether the city is achieving positive long term outcomes and hold representatives to account. One of the key indicators that should be reported against is the number of children cycling within the city as I believe the number of children who are seen cycling with their families is a strong indicator of whether the community feels safe cycling in the city.

3.  I will wholeheartedly support these bicycle routes.

PBH summary:

Deni Symonds knows from personal experience that current provision for cycling in the City of Perth isn’t good enough. He identifies significant in-principle community support for getting more people on bikes and understands that bicycles are part of the solution to a host of complex societal problems including public health and climate change.

He commits to building a network of safe, protected bike lanes, drawing on global best practice, and supports the proposed East Perth bicycle routes. 

Deni wants an high-quality docked bike share system for Perth. He understands how this would improve the city's accessibility for residents and visitors. A good system would need to go beyond the City of Perth boundaries and require cooperation from neighbouring local governments. This has not been mentioned, and the problem of helmet laws would need to be addressed, but it's good to know he's an advocate for bike share.

His reference to children on bikes shows he understands the fundamental principle that safe streets for children to ride are safe streets for all.


1.  In my ideal Perth, bicycles are the primary mode of transport, as much as in a city like Amsterdam. Where there is a critical mass of population, that don’t require a car and are supported with a prioritised and completely integrated cycle network that makes riders feel safe and catered for.

Point to point bike hire facilities, such as Citibike in New York, where users can easily and safely hire a bike from point to point with minimal cost, fuss and effort, with ease of access at many points will also be part of future Perth. 


In the interim, I support free footpath parking for scooters to encourage use and scooter hire facilities will also be part of the future transport mix.

We need to be laying groundwork with feasibility studies and work on modelling with Main Roads WA to plan for the future mix of transport uses that moves away from the traditional car model.

I’d also like to see a Mountain Bike / BMX pump track in the city centre or fringe. 
Even Heirrison Island could be a good location.

2.  I’ve travelled to bicycle friendly cities, cities that prioritise cycling like Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is renowned world-wide for the way in which it has grown the numbers of residents cycling more than other cities of similar size and it’s all down to their approach to their bicycle network. 


In Vancouver, they have removed on street parking on one side of every major street. What this allows is a 2-way bicycle lane, which they have completely separated from traffic by planter boxes. Not only does this look colourful and fantastic, it allows riders to feel safe and that is the main point in the survey results and in this question. 


Every traffic signal should have a bike phase, connected to a bike lane. In Perth, the current approach is to try and fit new bike lanes within the existing ratio of street use. This usually means keeping the exact same amount of space apportioned to pedestrians and cars, leaving the only area for new bike lanes as a thin strip of emergency lane that is painted green with a bike logo on it. This isn’t good enough and it doesn’t work. 


Sandwiching cyclists between parked cars on the left and moving traffic on the right, with very little space in between is not the right approach for the city centre and will only lead to accidents, frustration and a poor take up rate for riding, with many opting to ride on the road in car lanes, even when these thin spaces are provided. 


The network must also be fully completed and connected. Drivers would not accept roads that abruptly stopped, pedestrians won’t accept footpaths that lead to nowhere and so cyclists should accept nothing less than their (our) share of the street space.

I’ll review all planned cycle lane routes and plans with a view to remodelling the streets to provide more space for better cycle lanes with better grade separation from traffic lanes. I’ll lobby the state government to scrap the parking levy on the City Of Perth which will reduce the city’s dependence on parking income, allowing us to change the use of those spaces to cycle lanes in more places.

3.  I fully support the construction of these bicycle routes and more. We must ensure that the entire city centre is fully connected with proper cycling infrastructure.

I will play a key role in ensuring that the maximum space on each of these streets is converted into bicycle lanes that are separated from traffic lanes. I will maintain pressure for the expedited implementation of these projects to be of the highest priority and to fast track planning for the nest routes so that residents in all the neighbourhoods of central Perth can feel safe in choosing the option to ride their bikes to work or to visit the city centre and each neighbourhood.

We can live like those in Amsterdam, Perth can enjoy the success of Vancouver, it just takes the right people with enough conviction to insist on the best outcome so that our city can become a leader if cycling lifestyle and infrastructure and to shift the culture to be bike oriented over the traditional motor vehicle. Just like the roads changed from the horse and cart, our streets can and must change to embrace the cycling revolution. Thank you.

PBH summary:

Taking inspiration from bike-capital Amsterdam, Andrew Toulalan shares a very bold vision of Perth’s potential for cycling: where two-wheeled transport is normalised, safe and thoroughly integrated into city life.

He appears to understand that space, priorities and leadership are all fundamental issues when it comes to enabling cycling, and recognises Perth’s current provision for people on bikes is inadequate.

Learning from Vancouver’s bike-boosting success, he commits to building a network of safe protected bike lanes, backs the proposed East Perth routes and wants to hold the city’s cycle plans to higher design standards.

However, his desire to abolish the parking levy would be counterproductive given that this mechanism provides the revenue that funds cycling infrastructure and other non-car services (such as CAT buses) in the City of Perth.


1.  I wish for the City of Perth to be a leader in taking action against climate change and part of that is making cycling and other green modes of transport more inviting for residents and those visiting the city. The more accessible the city is to cyclists and pedestrians, the more our businesses will benefit and our residents, too.


Having said that, I do not believe in making it harder for people to drive into the city and I support free, short term parking in key areas to encourage visitors to the city’s wonderful businesses. I believe in encouraging cycling and electric scooters like you mention, rather than discouraging cars. That way we don’t make it harder for businesses to thrive in an already difficult climate and we don’t alienate those for whom cycling is not an option.

2.  I work in Northbridge and cycling is my preferred method of transport getting to and from work. I love it, and I’d love to see more residents and visitors on bikes by extending our cycle routes. I appreciate that safety is a concern and we need to look at the effectiveness of some of the existing bike lanes as well as improving lighting in some areas along current routes. I would like to see more bicycle parking, both small racks throughout the city for those wanting to stop into a retail shop or meet a friend for lunch for example, and also larger areas protected by camera surveillance for those wishing to ride for their daily commute.

3.  I feel that building bicycle routes on these streets is a natural progression from the existing bike routes, and I support their construction.

PBH summary:

Claire Trolio offers some positive words about bicycle transport and hints at some of the benefits bike-friendly cities can bring to business and sustainability goals.

Her commitment to facilitating easy car access to the city is at odds with her stance on climate action and boosting active transport.

She is aware that cycling safety is a problem but offers few details on what she will do to improve this situation beyond reviewing existing bike lanes, improving lighting and increasing secure bicycle parking. She does, however, lend her support to the proposed East Perth bicycle routes.


Did not respond.


The following three people have nominated for the position of Lord Mayor but have also nominated for a councillor position if their bid for Lord Mayor is not successful. Their responses to the survey can be read on the Lord Mayor candidate page.




Thursday, 24 September 2020

City of Perth councillor candidates - part 1

The second in a series of guest blog posts. Perth Bike Hub asks candidates in the City of Perth council election to share their vision for bicycle transport. Here’s Part 1 of responses from council candidates.

Responses from other candidates are here:

Perth Bike Hub has a Facebook page and can be found on Twitter @perthbikehub


1. What is your vision for the role of bicycles and other micro-mobility modes (such as electric scooters) in the City of Perth’s transport system?

2. Around two-thirds of Australians say they would like to ride a bicycle, especially for short trips, but only if it feels safe. Would you like to see more Perth residents on bicycles and if so, what specific actions will you take to improve bicycle transport in the City of Perth should you be elected?

3. The state government recently announced funding to build key bicycle routes along Bennett, Moore, Wittenoom and Nile Streets. If elected will you support construction of these routes?



1.  I support fully the greater use of bicycles and other micro-mobility modes provided they are used in a way and in an environment that is always safe for users and non-users alike. 

2.  I would like to see many more Perth residents on bicycles and will always support the construction of the requisite infrastructure that, in the opinion of the experts, is safe both users and non-users alike.

3.  This is a state government initiative. Should the City of Perth Council for whatever reason be required to comment or approve all or part of the State Government's plan, I will support it.

PBH summary:

Lexi Barton voices hesitant support for increased and safer bike riding in Perth but does not expand on what she will do to bring this about. 

She offers support for the proposed East Perth bicycle routes but seems to hold the issue at arm’s length.

Her somewhat guarded responses suggest a degree of discomfort and unfamiliarity with the topic and the issues involved. However she also indicates an openness to the advice of relevant experts.


Did not respond.


1.  I encourage the use of bikes and micro mobility modes in the City of Perth.  I have been lucky enough to travel overseas and see bikes used as a thriving mode of transport, eg in Copenhagen.  I have also seen the pollution from too many cars in a city.  We should be encouraging people to ride their bikes and have places to keep them safe.  

2.  I will actively encourage more cycleways, bicycle storage areas and promote the health benefits of cycling.  I am very pleased to see the government taking the initiative and building a new bridge for walking and cycling over the causeway, as I have always found that crossing difficult and dangerous.

3.  I will encourage construction of all bicycle routes as I fully understand the benefits to the city of a safe bicycle network and culture.

PBH summary:

Clyde Bevan offers broad support for cycling and commits to backing the proposed East Perth cycle routes.

While his comments suggest riding a bike is not for him (“their bikes” “keep them safe”) he makes some encouraging statements regarding bikes and micromobility in the city, namely his acknowledgement of the negative impact car traffic can have on cities through pollution and the issue of needing safe places to cycle.

He appears to understand there are health benefits associated with riding bicycles though it is unclear if he understand the bike's role in broader liveability and better city making. It will be interesting to see if he can move from encouraging cycling to actually enabling it.


1.  Both my wife and I ride bicycles and would like to see improved infrastructure to support micro-mobility options. Some great options have been used in Sydney with dedicated cycling lanes with curbs to distinguish the cycling tracks from the road.

2.  As per option one dedicated cycling tracks with curbs to distinguish from the roads.


3.  Yes I would support. I will be happy to work to reduce the environmental impact of cars in the city.

PBH summary:

Mark Davidson voices his support for better facilities for cycling and other micrombility options. 

He points to the leadership shown by the City of Sydney in rolling out dedicated protected bike lanes. 

He supports the East Perth bicycle routes and shows some understanding of the negative effects of a car-dominated city.


1.  Bikes are a big deal in my house and in our complex. I have chosen to live, work and bring up my boy 7 and 5 years of age in the City. One of our favourite family activities at the weekends is bike riding around the Swan river, we also own electric and manual scooters and enjoy using them around the Swan river.

We usually do one of two routes and I strongly believe there can never be too many bike paths and micro mobility modes in a city that is keen to grow into a bustling metropolitan location to draw new residents and visitors. This is very important for future proofing the city.

I would like to see more bike paths around the city to ease traffic and some well thought out plans for bike bridges to connect areas together.

2.  I would like to include bike lanes on Murray St/Hay St, these are quieter roads than St Georges Tce especially in rush hour traffic. End of trip facilities need to be made available for those who wish to ride but don't have access to these types of facilities at work.  Bike storage needs to be safe and secure. Having more bike share schemes in the different areas like London the Santander bikes and Lime bikes as options for commuters near train and bus stations.

3.  Absolutely, Bike paths create footflow and positive traffic, this is much needed and can help with areas in East Perth where people are loitering around and shouldn't be. This would in itself create a safer space for people to use. City bike paths need to be well lit at night.

PBH summary:

Raj Doshi speaks positively about cycling and makes the connection between urban growth and the need to provide for active transport. 

She supports more bicycle infrastructure, including the proposed East Perth routes, and identifies some other specific routes. 

Her preference for bike lanes on Hay and Murray streets over St Georges Terrace may reflect a lack of understanding that people on bikes like safe direct travel routes that reach destinations just like those using other modes, but she is broadly supportive of improvements for cycling.

She proposes more secure bike parking and end-of-trip facilities and seems to understand that more people on bikes can help with ‘eyes on the street’.

Her support for bike share is positive, a well-designed large-scale system could be a game-changer for Perth. However, bike share is unlikely to succeed until the current helmet legislation is amended (which falls outside local government control).


1.  My vision for the central districts of Perth are to be more accessible, safer and friendlier to for all forms of personal transportation, including bicycles, person mobility devices and pedestrians. Placing a greater focus on these methods will lead to not only improved safety and health outcomes, but will also activate the streetscapes, making it a more vibrant place for people to interact and engage with local business and develop a great season of community.

2.  I would not only like to see more bicycles throughout the city but also more people being able to safely walk the streets of Perth. Specific actions would be to support the development of dedicated bicycle/electronic device laneway to all safe movement around key inbound and linking roads (area that I see on a daily basis, living just off Milligan Street – the morning battle for cyclists trying to engage into the city and onto the Terrace is an extreme dangerous and needs to be improved).

Also, I am an advocate for the creation of wide promenades along further sections of Hay and Murray streets , with dedicated pathway for Bicycles through them.

An example of this is the section of Street from William Street to His Majesty’s Theatre -widening the promenade to make it more prominent for pedestrians, dedicated cycle paths and by widening the promenade meaning that local business can engage the streetscape better making it a more vibrant area that people want to visit and enjoy, and significantly safer.

Similar can be said for the similar section of Murray Street, with a number of night time venues and bars in this area, if you have ever ventured this in an afternoon or evening the number of people out and about is great to see, but the interaction with the amount of traffic also pushing through this area makes it terribly unsafe. Even during business days, having the mix of traffic, the CAT bus and then trying to accommodate bicycles and other road users is just not practical or safe.

I would be an advocate to push for better traffic management and the development of smart streetscapes and for improved and safer access for bicycles. Cars play a significant role in Western Australia but doesn’t have to be the only means of transport, let Perth be a smarter city, not just one dedicated by Cars.

3.  If elected I would support the development of these routes, along with a push to also improve links on the Western sections of Perth, the arena to the convention centre and connections for Thomas Rd to the city and partnering to better links to Subiaco/Nedlands and Perth.

PBH summary:

Michael Felix shares a positive vision for cycling and other active transport modes, including walking, and appears to understand cycling’s role in enhancing community connection and urban vitality.

He recognises the need for safety improvements in the city to make non-motorised travel options a better experience. He supports dedicated bike/e-scooter lanes, shows an awareness of some of the challenges of shared space and identifies specific routes where he sees scope to reallocate more space to pedestrians and bike riders.


He supports the proposed East Perth bicycle routes and backs additional improvements for other areas of the city.


1.  If people want to make the choice to cycle, they should be encouraged to. Perth's CBD is a complex web of transport modes all coming to end-of-trip. I have heard from many friends working in West Perth that it is a nightmare getting across/down Thomas Street into West Perth/CBD safely on a bike.

2.  We need to incentivise businesses to encourage their employees to use public transport or cycling. I know that's not always possible, but when it is, it's a win for everyone. Fewer cars on the road means less congestion in the CBD.

One way we can do that as a future Council is to pay part of the State Government's parking levy of each parking bay that we can prove is not being used because that employee is now cycling into work instead. We can quantify this if businesses have a car used by employees to visit clients etc. A great example is Nexia Australia. This is a business located in the very centre of Perth. They have 5 car bays. 1 firm car branded for client visits, most employees now cycle in or catch a train, then use this car to visit clients.

I will fight every day to see a reduction in the parking levy. It's unfair, it takes in way more than is needed to fund the CAT Bus service, and it needs to end now.

3.  I haven't seen the plans, or how they impact on the streetscape/residents/businesses of those targetted streets, so I cannot comment positively or negatively. What I can say is we have learned lessons from Bike Boulevards in Bayswater and Mt Hawthorn, and a lot of money has been wasted on ineffective street changes where money could be more effectively used elsewhere.

PBH summary:

Brent Fleeton shows an understanding of one of urban bicycle transport’s fundamentals – competing demand for finite space. Thanks to friends, he knows the status quo isn’t working for bike riding in the City of Perth, he understands everyone benefits from fewer cars in the city and believes more should be done to reduce car journeys into central Perth.

Despite all this, he offers no meaningful measures to improve matters for cycling or any other micromobility modes. His strategies to reduce city car journeys centre on reform of the Perth Parking Levy without improving alternative options.

Brent Fleeton declines to say whether or not he will support the proposed East Perth bicycle routes. However, his dim view of Safe Active Streets (bike boulevards) and lack of other meaningful active transport proposals is indicative of someone looking for an excuse to say no rather than learning from past problems and endeavouring to do better.


1.  I'm lucky to be coming into Council (hopefully) at an already fantastic time for cyclists, in the midst of the City's Cycle Plan 2029. Living in the city, I've made a choice not to own a motor vehicle. My main mode of transport is foot and bicycle, so I am %100 onboard with this vision and progression of the plan to optimise cycling infrastructure, encouraging the use of bicycle and other micro-mobility as main modes of transport.

2.  At last count, 60% of Perth City residents don’t own a car. I am in that group. Just last week, I had a chat with a guy at work, who usually rides down Beaufort Street to the City, which as you know has designated Bus and cycle lanes in the morning. On my walk into work on this day I saw him riding down William St, so I asked him why he changed his course. He told me that he had been copping some serious flack from motorists and just didn’t feel safe riding down Beaufort St anymore. That’s not OK. 

Whilst the City’s Cycle Plan is fantastic, I think there is room for movement in the education piece around safety. We can’t just target this plan at cyclists, we need to get everyone on board and we need to highlight the ongoing evolution of shared transport infrastructure and each individuals role in the safe use of that infrastructure. I want to make sure that every milestone of this plan comes with that education piece.

3.  %100 and I look forward to using them!

PBH summary:

Vance Franklin shares a positive vision for bicycle and other micromobility transport options in the city. He seems to understand that current provision for city cycling is not good enough and that there's a need to build infrastructure to improve safety. He speaks highly of the city's Cycle Plan which is very modest in its vision.

He put a strong emphasis on the role of eduction on matters of road safety, and his reference to 'shared transport infrastructure' is confusing (does he want more shared bus and bike lanes? Bike traffic mixing it with the cars on busy streets?).

He supports the proposed East Perth cycle routes.


1.  Being a town planner by trade, I know the value and importance of prioritising active transport - the City’s Transport Plan prioritises cycling above that of car users and my personal vision would be to see protected or at least dedicated and identified priority cycle lanes on every street. There’s too much of a hodgepodge mishmash approach at the moment and we need to be rolling out a standard approach to address this.

My bicycle (picture attached) is my primary mode of transport to get to/from work and to do my weekly grocery shop at the Murray St Woolies. I’ve seen a few folks on the electric scooters and Segways while out on my run - quite frankly, if it gets people out of the car or serves a tourism purpose then we should be looking at how we can facilitate that. That’s Council’s role. I know there are some regulations limiting electric assisted vehicle use on paths but I haven’t been hearing this causing issues for ratepayers. I work at the PTA so i might be a little biased!

I am constantly finding shortcomings in the connectivity of the PSP/PBN paths, footpaths, and cycle lanes (I’m building a list!). It’s unacceptable and if elected I would be championing to upgrade the network.

2.  I would love to see more people on bikes! It’d reduce congestion and contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle. I want to see dedicated cycle infrastructure on every street.

I would be incorporating a KPI in the CEO’s contract to deliver a cycle plan that directly relates to the Capital Works Budget endorsed by Council. Council can plan infrastructure years in advance and endorse an approach for roads to be redesigned to incorporate new cycle lanes (like Barrack Street for example). I’d also like to see more bike pumps along the PBN in the City’s district.

3.  Absolutely! I’d look into what other Capital Works we could bundle in to avoid disruption to residents and businesses while works are under way. If any WaterCorp pipes or Western Power cables need replacing in those areas or if the City’s other plans for new tree planting for example can fit in I’d be pushing for that to happen.

Encouraging people to ride increases active surveillance on the streets and contributes to the overall perception of safety, so I’ll 100% support cycling infrastructure wherever I can.

PBH summary:

Liam Gobbert offers a positive vision for Perth cycling and understands the importance of providing safe dedicated space for people to ride. He sees opportunities for microbility devices such as e-scooters to promote greater mobility options and assist with tourism. 

He is aware of the city’s cycling connectivity issues, identifies a lack of consistency in design approaches and commits to addressing these issues. He supports the proposed East Perth cycle routes. 

His suggestions to link cycling provision to the CEO’s key performance indicators and to streamline infrastructure construction with other planned capital works, shows he is thinking about ways to boost accountability and efficiency.


UPDATE 1 October 2020: A response from Rebecca Gordon was not included at the time of first publication. The delay was a result of an email problem.

1.  Any method of transport which reduces the impact on road infrastructure and is better for the commuter and the environment should be encouraged. Cycling and micro-mobility modes are beneficial to users and governments alike.

I have previously worked in a company seeking to bring autonomous and electric vehicles to Perth and understand that even when public transport works well the first-mile-last-mile commute can be best satisfied by bicycles/scooters etc.

Vehicle share models for apartment buildings successfully operate in Sydney and I can see this successfully operating for micro-mobility modes here in Perth.

Whilst bike hire models currently operate in Perth the use of them is negligible. I see them stationed at the Hyatt everyday and for the first time in three years witnessed one being taken out for use today. In rolling out future versions of this model, greater consultation with stakeholders should be undertaken in order to understand how to maximise their usage. The equivalent system in Brisbane appears to work very successfully for locals and tourists.

2.  Greater infrastructure to encourage alternative methods of transport such as dedicated, purpose-built bike lanes, end-of-trip facilities for cyclists and charging stations for e-devices. The cost of the latter can be borne by developers of new properties and larger businesses. 

My apartment building has no secure communal space to store bikes and with apartments getting smaller and smaller, it is becoming impractical to store them. Planning for future developments should consider this and ensure provision is made for secure storage.

Elected members are not necessarily experts on everything, including cycling, so appropriate community engagement should be undertaken. Such engagement should be well-advertised and easily accessible to ensure interested parties participate.

I am quite interested in the increased uptake of Uber Eats (and similar food delivery services) that are normalising cycling in Our City. As this becomes more prevalent, greater cycling infrastructure will be required which will hopefully then promote others to ride more.

An additional deterrent to more cycling is helmet laws, however this is not within the control of local government

3.  Absolutely, as stated above, the promotion of cycling is beneficial to all stakeholders and if state government funding is available the opportunity should be taken, ensuring it is spent appropriately on creating fit-for-purpose infrastructure that will satisfy the needs of stakeholders

PBH summary:

Rebecca Gordon recognises the wider community benefits of getting more people on bikes and other micromobility modes. She shows an awareness of the potential for bicycles and e-scooters to improve mobility options through better integration with public transport (the first mile/last mile challenge).

She supports dedicated cycle infrastructure (including the proposed East Perth routes), more end-of-trip facilities, e-charging stations for e-mobility devices and more secure bicycle storage in future residential developments. 

Her observations about bicycle delivery riders contributing to the normalisation of cycling hints at shifting cultural attitudes towards the role of bicycles in city life.


1.  During the development of the Community Needs Study which was conducted in September through November 2019; cycling was identified as a transport mode which leverages people's wellbeing, due to the obvious reasons of its positive impacts on public health, and in keeping people active in general.

My vision for the role of bicycles and other micro-mobility modes in the City's transport system stems from one of the objectives within the City's Strategic Community Plan -  second theme:

PLACE. The relevant objective states "A connected and accessible City with well utilised and sustainable non-car transport options."

I believe bicycles and electric scooters have a much lower ecological footprint than cars, thus making them attractive mobility modes that enables the City of Perth to meet one of the objectives set in the PLACE theme of the Strategic Community Plan, in addition to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

2.  The issue we face with our current existing bicycle routes, and even when planning for new ones is the lack of developing a complete bicycle network that enables cyclists to go from point A to B in a safe manner. I think it is worth learning from the Netherlands as a leader in developing well interconnected bicycle routes, with road rules also applying to cyclists. We need to start planning and developing our bicycle infrastructure in the same manner we plan our roads and freeways. As with all engineering designs, safety of road users - cyclists in this case - is key.

Yes, I would definitely support developing interconnected bicycle routes without many disruptions to cyclists who find themselves dismounting their bikes for most of their trip. I think introducing 30 zone shared paths might be a good start, where it is not possible to create an additional bicycle lane due to limitation of space. Two good local examples here are: Cappuccino Strip in Fremantle and Elizabeth Street in Nedlands/Crawley. This model might be worth a trial on William Street where speed is usually low due to heavy traffic, and I find some cyclists struggling to navigate their way safely up that hill including myself.  Why not give it a trial!

With increased use of bikes comes the need for more bike sheds or bike parking spaces which is lacking in some locations at Central Perth.

3.  I would be interested to hear more from the local community living nearby the proposed new route to gain more perspective on this issue. Looking at the initial network plan, it doesn't seem to be well interconnected. I would support the new bicycle routes only if the detailed design considers developing an integrated and interconnected network to ensure safety of both cyclists and pedestrians. Again, the next stage of building these routes should give careful consideration to how these new routes are going to be merged with other modal transport routes. Where necessary, road speed adjustments need to be applied as well.

PBH summary:

Nancy Haddaden shows some awareness of the bicycle’s role in enhancing wellbeing, public health, sense of place and environmental sustainability and the importance of having a genuinely safe, connected cycling network.

She commits to learn from global best practice, suggests implementing low speed streets in some areas to enable shared use and points to some local examples from which to draw inspiration. She supports trialling new approaches to street design, a flexible (and initially lower cost) option that has proved valuable in many cities around the world.

She takes a cautious, non-comittal stance on the proposed East Perth bicycle routes.


1.  Cycling and more active forms of transport like electric scooters should play a much greater role in the future of our City. Perth, in recent decades, has been dominated by the motor vehicle, but it doesn't always have to be this way.

Though the cities of Perth and Paris are different in a multitude of ways, the dramatic and rapid take-up of cycling in Paris in recent months demonstrates that they have reached a tipping point. Many years of concerted effort to build their cycling culture; car-free days in the inner city, construction of an integrated cycling network, and of course the famous bike-share system have laid the necessary groundwork. The leadership shown by the City Council and Mayor to seize the opportunity which COVID-19 provided was and remains an inspiration. Paris is not alone in this regard. Many cities around the world have invested heavily in cycling networks in recent months. 


The research is clear; cycling is good for the environment, good for public health and good for local economies. Perth faces a significant challenge however given that we are one of the most sprawling cities in the world. Building an effective cycling network must go hand in hand with other initiatives to increase residential density in our City, encourage and facilitate more local shopping venues for local residents, creating more interesting and vibrant town centres, incentivising the construction of more housing with lower car parking ratios, and mandating the provision of end-of-trip facilities and bike parking into new developments. 


Increasing the take-up of cycling is not just about painting white lines on bitumen, it's about building a genuine culture of cycling and a network of cycling infrastructure that connects key destinations, town centres and commuter routes while promoting the many benefits of cycling to the wider community. I see this as an essential goal for the incoming Council to whole-heartedly adopt.

2.  My vision for Perth is for a city with increased cycling, scooter use and pedestrianisation. We must realise this goal for the economic as well as the environmental resilience of our city.  When I think of cycling safety I imagine my three year old son on a bike. When you see parents and children cycling together then you know that you've achieved a safe cycling environment. The only place I see children cycling in Perth City is along our riverfront shared paths - and even that's not a common sight.


While the city is well-serviced by principal paths connecting the suburbs to the CBD (though improvements of these connections are still necessary) it's the smaller local connections in and around our central city that are mostly entirely lacking. Barrack street is an exception, where there are marked lanes connecting Stirling Street down to the Swan River and Riverside drive however these are only painted lanes which provide little protection from collision. Paint does not equal infrastructure. 


The next Council and Lord Mayor need to work collaboratively with State Government Agencies, local business and residents and community and advocacy groups and cyclists (as well as non-cyclists) to deliver a city-wide network of separated infrastructure, or safe and integrated cycling environments at very low speeds. The key to delivering increased rates of cycling is to truly understand and address the concerns on non-cyclists. 


We need to see traffic filtering as well as more cycle-friendly infrastructure like end of trip facilities and directional signage. Our cycling plan needs to be updated with a greater focus on redesigning road-sides and streetscapes to provide for lanes that are adjacent to the footpath rather than the roadway.

The approach I will take to these issues? I'll ask myself whether I'd feel comfortable having my son use the cycling infrastructure we build.

3.  The State Government's recent August announcement of funding for cycling routes along these streets is key to connecting Royal Street to the River and Matagarup Bridge to the CBD. It's heartening to see these recent commitments. I will fully support the construction of these routes - and will work with the City's transport planners and state government agencies to see that the infrastructure is delivered to a top standard, and, ideally, fully separated and properly integrated with connecting routes. 


I ask for your support in this election to ensure that the City of Perth Council is comprised of people who truly understand and are committed to the goal of making Perth a safe and enjoyable place to get around by bike.

PBH summary:

Reece Harley shows he has a keen understanding of what needs to be done to get more Perth residents on bikes. He calls for a combination of physically protected space, lower-speed streets, traffic filtering (to reduce rat running), engaging with stakeholders (including the non-cycling ‘interested but concerned’ people), all underpinned by city leadership.

Drawing inspiration from global experience and his toddler son, he recognises that painted lines do not equal safety, and he commits to developing a robust and genuinely useful cycling network that gets people to where they are going.

His focus on addressing the needs of those who do not currently ride bikes suggests a commitment to higher design standards and boosting cycling’s uptake.

His thinking is broad and he seems to understand that bikes are one element of many for creating a great city, for example he also mentions of the role of residential density, housing, car park ratios and local shopping amenity.


1. Bicycles and other micro-mobility modes promote sustainability - a clean and green image for the CBD and the city in general...we should make more of that, like they do in Amsterdam.  Living on the riverfront, I have noticed an increase in the number of people using electric scooters in particular, both for leisure and to get to work, but the mix of pedestrians and bikes doesn't always work, so I would like to see better paths for different users.

2.  It's not just feeling safe riding, but also where and when you park your bike.  More bike and scooter racks which are better secured and monitored would be great.

3. Yes.

PBH summary:

Shelley Hill believes more people on bikes can boost the city’s green credentials and appears to understand the shortcomings of a system that mixes pedestrians, bikes and e-scooters in the same spaces.

While she does not offer any concrete proposals to make bike riding safer, (other than endorsing construction of the proposed East Perth bicycle routes), she speaks favourably of more secure bike and scooter parking options.


Did not respond.