Bi­cy­cle boule­vard for Bel­mont cy­clists

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ABOUT $1.7 mil­lion will be spent turn­ing Sur­rey Road into a bi­cy­cle boule­vard and up­grad­ing the Great East­ern High­way un­der­pass for cy­clists.

City of Bel­mont’s pub­lic sub­mis­sions pe­riod for the Depart­ment of Trans­port-funded pro­ject fin­ished last month and the pro­ject is ex­pected to re­turn to coun­cil soon.

Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said de­tailed de­sign work on the pro­ject would start as soon as the fund­ing agree­ment with the State Govern­ment was signed and con­struc­tion was ex­pected to start in May.

The de­sign phase will deal with is­sues raised dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

“The main is­sues raised by the res­i­dents are based around park­ing and the lo­ca­tion of the pro­posed in­fra­struc­ture treat­ments,” he said.

In­fra­struc­ture treat­ments re­fer to the road changes used to slow traf­fic to a max­i­mum speed of 30km/h us­ing meth­ods like land­scap­ing, speed bumps and slow points.

Feed­back re­gard­ing the bi­cy­cle boule­vard has been largely pos­i­tive, with many res­i­dents say­ing slower traf­fic would be a wel­come change.

Res­i­dents at the Great East­ern High­way end of Sur­rey Street hold con­cerns about emerg­ing park­ing prob­lems for city com­muters us­ing their verges as free carparks due to their prox­im­ity to a ma­jor bus stop.

“The City of Bel­mont will un­der­take a park­ing strat­egy for the whole cor­ri­dor and sur­round­ing streets,” Mr Cole said.

“This will be done in par­al­lel with the de­tailed de­sign process and will be part of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­ject.”

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City of Bel­mont has a Lo­cal Bike Plan (2013-2018) that out­lines miss­ing links and other po­ten­tial in­fra­struc­ture projects to help con­nect the cy­cle net­work.

But due to rapid growth and pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment since the plan’s re­lease, the City is work­ing on a more com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic trans­port plan called Bel­mont on the Move.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Trav­els­mart of­fi­cer Craw­ford Con­nell with Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks.

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