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Cyclists push key to pedal power
Cyclists push key to pedal power

Perth cyclists taking part in yesterday's Bike2Work Day say more bike paths and secure storage were the key to getting more people to use pedal power.

Some of the 2500 cyclists who gathered for a free breakfast at the Perth Concert Hall said though infrastructure improvements were important, Perth needed a shift in attitude from all road users - motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Ian Thomas, a member of the over-55s Cycling Club of WA, said there was a lack of mutual respect between road users.

"There needs to be a better education campaign for cyclists and drivers - it goes two ways," he said. "Respect needs to be mutual and that goes for the pedestrians as well.

"Motorists and pedestrians in cities like Copenhagen are aware of cyclists all the time. They are ingrained with this knowledge that they have to share the road with them and, because of this, it's safer for everyone on the roads. We just don't have that in Perth and we need to improve this."

Joan Brierley, who cycles to work from Karrinyup to East Perth each day, also said road users had to be more tolerant of one another.

"Whether you are in a car, on a bike or walking, there just needs to be more tolerance of each other," she said.

"It sounds simple but it would go a long way to making people feel safer on the roads."

City worker Paul Christiansen, who has ridden to work for more than 30 years, said that more designated bike paths and secure storage facilities were needed.

Bicycling WA chief executive Jeremey Murray said that these events made a statement to governments, councils and the community.

"A gathering of this sort creates that visible presence that allows both policymakers and regular people to see how popular cycling is," he said.

Mr Murray estimated that more than 10,000 West Australians rode to work each day.

The West Australian

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