Car free around Swan

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Remember, your car is just one way to get around the City of Swan! With car ownership increasing rapidly our local roads and car parks are being tested, as are those all over Perth. In many instances, it would be quicker to walk, cycle or to park and walk rather than search for a close parking space. As an added bonus, the extra walk can often save time and reduce road congestion and is kind to the environment.

Cycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. The City of Swan has a diverse range of cyclists including velodrome racers, downhill mountain bike riders, cycling tourists visiting the Swan Valley, commuters cycling to work and school, and many more.

Below you can find some helpful cycling resources including maps, guides and road rules:

  • The Department of Transport's Active Transport website includes a comprehensive cycling section. The site includes resources for many types of riders, useful maps and guides, road rules and more. 
  • Cycling from Perth to Midland.
  • Cycling in the Swan Valley and Guildford.

Swan CycleConnect Strategy

The City of Swan has developed the Swan CycleConnect Strategy(PDF, 8MB) to guide the development of cycling routes and facilities within the City and to ensure connectivity with neighbouring local government areas. The strategy also ensures an appropriate level of service is provided on designated roads to suit the needs of their predominate cycling user groups.

The strategy was released for public comment then adopted by Council in November 2012. It includes a prioritised construction schedule which will be implemented through the City's capital works program.

Principal Shared Use Path

The City of Swan is working with relevant State Government agencies and consultants to progress the design and construction of the Principal Shared Use Path (PSP) between the Guildford train station and Midland.

This infrastructure is an important cycling connection providing a "spine" to the Midland cycle network and linking to infrastructure such as the new Midland Health Campus.

The planning and design components of this project are almost complete and construction is expected to proceed quickly.

Eventually, the PSP will run all the way from Perth to Midland along the railway corridor.

 

 

Get your walking shoes on! There are several maps and guides available for exploring the City of Swan by foot, available from Local and State government agencies and local visitors centres such as the City's multi award-winning Swan Valley Visitor Centre, located at the corner of Meadow and Swan Streets in Guildford.

To enjoy a number of picturesque walks around the City of Swan, pick up or download your walking and cycling(PDF, 970KB) guide, trails, parks and picnics(PDF, 6MB) guide or the Gidgegannup wildflower scenic drive and walk trail(PDF, 2MB) guide.

 

 

Taking public transport helps you avoid traffic congestion, car running costs and parking hassles. It also allows you time to think, read, or chat.

Transperth provides a number of public bus and train transport services in the City of Swan. Their online Journey Planner assists you to plan a journey using public transport in the Perth metropolitan area. You will also find bus and train timetables, maps and lots of other useful information.

Transperth offers mobile phone services which enable you to access information about the next bus, train or ferry due to arrive at your stop.

A guide displaying public transport routes(PDF, 970KB) within the City of Swan is also available, and the Public Transport Authority offers further information on planning your car-free journey. 

 

The Department of Transport's Your Move Schools program (formerly TravelSmart) works with primary schools to promote safe and active ways to travel to school such as walking, cycling and using public transport.

Primary schools were traditionally developed to be within walking or cycling distance of their catchment. However, the car is currently a common mode of transport for parents to get their children to school for reasons such as busy lifestyles, and concerns about safety due to strangers and traffic.

Being involved in the Your Move Schools program can help your school reduce its traffic congestion, get more exercise into children's days, and encourage road safety. Children enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling to school, including catching up with friends. Parents who walk or cycle with their children to school can appreciate the fresh air, exercise and time spent with their children.

The City can help facilitate your school being part of the Your Move Schools program. If interested, please contact the Sustainable Environment Team for further information on (08) 9267 9267.

 

The Department of Transport runs the Your Move Workplace program which supports workplaces to enable and encourage their employees and clients to use travel alternatives. Rather than driving a car alone, workers are encouraged and supported to use alternatives such as teleworking, walking, cycling, taking public transport and carpooling.

The Your Move Workplace program helps organisations find ways to reduce unnecessary car trips, and promote active and sustainable options instead.

The City of Swan can help facilitate your workplace to participate in the Your Move Workplace program. If interested, please contact the Sustainable Environment Team for further information on (08) 9267 9267.

Case Study of the City's Workplace Program

The City of Swan encourages its employees to use alternative transport to work in a number of ways. This includes organising staff events such as Bike to Work breakfasts and providing lockers and bike racks for staff use.

In addition, the City provides a financial incentive for staff cycling or taking public transport for their daily trips to or from a City workplace. Over 100 staff members are currently registered for the alternative transport incentive for their commuting travel, promoting healthy transport choices and reducing the City's carbon footprint.

It is estimated that more than 13 tonnes of carbon emissions have been avoided yearly by the City's cycling employees alone.