The suburbs of Wright and Coombs are new suburbs finished in the last five years and as such showcase the design principles for suburb development. For new suburbs good bike infrastructure begins and ends on the designer’s drawing board. Once the suburb is built it is set in stone. I would conclude that coherent network of continuous bike paths across the city needs a master plan for bike path infrastructure, upon which new suburbs can be designed and realised so that the new infrastructure interconnects. In other words, suburb design starts with the end in mind. The suburb is a small unit of the much larger and longer endeavour, to build active travel networks across the city.
Looking at the suburbs of Wright and Coombs the following can be observed:
- bike paths are along waterways and parks and traverse the suburb
- bike paths connect people to schools and shops
- bike paths often end at the boundary of the suburb
- when bike paths are found on the edge of suburbs, they are often fragments going nowhere, stopping and starting at arbitrary locations.