Walking and Cycling

Walking in the City

Walking is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to be physically active. Children, adults and seniors can get involved in this enjoyable, low impact activity. A simple, brisk walk for at least 30 minutes on most days can have significant health benefits.

The City has some very good walking trails in natural areas including Baigiup Wetlands Trail, Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Lightning Swamp Bushland, and a number of trails along the river.

There are currently two walking groups located within the City of Bayswater. Walking groups are free, suitable for all ages and no bookings are required.

  • Lower Hillcrest Reserve - Coode Street, Bayswater - Thursdays from 7:00am. Meet at the clubrooms.
  • AP Hinds Reserve - Milne Street, Bayswater - Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00am.  Meet at the boatshed.

Should you have your own walking group that you wish to promote through the City, please send relevant information through to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au

Cycling in the City

City of Bayswater Bike Plan 2023

The City of Bayswater Bike Plan 2023 sets out objectives for continued development and promotion of cycling, which includes:

  • Evaluating cycling and its associated infrastructure in the study area, along with the existing Bike Plan
  • Consulting with key stakeholders (Local Government, State Government and local community) regarding the future of cycling within the City of Bayswater
  • Planning the expansion of the bicycle network for Bayswater
  • Encouraging and promote cycling
  • Developing a prioritised schedule of works, along with a high level of preliminary costing
  • Developing a maintenance schedule for the protection of new and existing assets.

Visit the link below to read the Bike Plan in its entirety.

City of Bayswater Bike Plan 2023

City of Bayswater bike paths
Many of the City's parks and reserves have cycle paths. The City's most scenic shared path runs along the Swan River from Wright Crescent in Bayswater to Mitchell Street in Mount Lawley.

The Western Australian Department of Transport provides maps to help you be travelsmart and maintain an active lifestyle, showing various routes via various transport methods to local facilities such as supermarkets, dog exercise areas, public toilets, skate parks, playground and post boxes - Check it out at Map Your Move Bayswater.

Construction of new cycleways and bike paths
Construction of a cycleway or bike path allows residents to access and enjoy the natural environment in their suburb. By integrating the cycleways into the infrastructure of the city, bike riding and walking will become the main means of transport and will help to create a healthier and cleaner community.

The following items are taken into consideration when requesting a new cycle facility:

  • Traffic volumes
  • Traffic/pedestrian conflicts
  • Bus routes
  • Road classification (distributor/local)
  • Special considerations (eg. Disability access)
  • Places of congregation
  • Safe routes to school
  • Path requests
  • Linking paths.

If you would like to request a new footpath, please contact customer service.

Please note: cycling facilities on major roads such as Tonkin Highway, Morley Drive and Guildford Road. Principal shared paths along the railway line are the responsibility of Department of Transport.

Cycling rules
For  information on cyclists' rights and responsibilities on paths and roads, see the Department of Transport's Cycling Rules publication.

Safe Routes to School Program

TheSafe Routes to School programaims to improve safety for our most vulnerable road users and increase walking, cycling and scooting to school as it is well-recognised that this helps keep our kids healthy and happy. To make it easier for parents and students to walk, cycle and scoot to school more often, following consultation, pathway improvements, footpath stencils and wayfinding signage have been identified.

The City initiated the Safe Routes to School Program within the City of Bayswater in August 2019, commencing with Maylands Primary School as the pilot project to assess its effectiveness. Subsequently, in May 2023, Council adopted the Implementation Plan for Maylands Peninsula Primary School to include:

  • Tree planting and pruning;
  • New footpaths/pathways;
  • Path maintenance;
  • Path widening;
  • Pedestrian crossings;
  • Traffic calming devices;
  • Parking; and
  • Other minor maintenance.

Read more about the Plan by clicking on the link below.

Safe Routes to School Implementation Plan

The City will be aligning some of the requests through existing programs where possible, with some requiring third party approvals, i.e. Main Roads WA, Department of Transport etc.  Therefore, it is important to note that some actions may not be implemented, as they are subject to these approvals being granted.

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