New shelters for WA

New cycle-friendly bus shelters will allow WA passengers to lock up their bikes

New bus shelters installed by the WA Government in Ellenbrook and on Canning Highway will improve access to services for bus users.

The Public Transport Authority and the WA Local Government Association have signed an agreement to work together to plan and maintain bus shelters and bus stops across Perth and the Peel, and this is the first project under this new agreement.

WA transport minister Dean Nalder says in a first for Perth, the bus shelter would have an in-built feature allowing a small number of commuters to park their bicycles at the bus stop and catch the bus.

"This location was chosen because it is well-connected to bike paths in a high-traffic area which provides security and it is close to homes," he says.

This is part of the government’s plan to create an integrated transport system which gives West Australians a choice of transport options to get to and from work, leisure and other destinations.

The WA Government has announced a $72.1 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years to encourage cycling, rather than driving.

The new bus shelter design incorporates u-rails to which bicycles can be locked.

"West Australians are already taking advantage of bike shelters and u-rails at train stations and now the concept is being trialled for bus commuters," Nalder says.

"We are extending this concept to the bus network. This will encourage commuters to reconsider the way they travel and perhaps try alternatives to driving."

There are more than 2,650 bike parking spaces at metropolitan train stations in WA, this is essential because bus users are not allowed to take their bike on the bus, due to space limitations.

"Transperth does not allow passengers to travel on buses with bicycles, so a system to allow commuters to secure their bike at a bus stop is a possible solution," Nalder says.

 "It’s simply not practical or fair on other passengers to permit bikes on buses - particularly in peak hour.

"We have listened to passenger feedback and have developed the new bus shelters to provide cyclists with easier access to bus services."

The Canning Highway shelter, near the intersection with North Lake Road, will be maintained by the City of Melville, while the Ellenbrook shelter will be owned and maintained by the City of Swan.

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