Coun­cil­lors ar­gue over bike project

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

CLARE­MONT coun­cil­lors de­bated over cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture for al­most an hour at a coun­cil meet­ing last week af­ter con­cerns were ex­pressed over “in­com­pe­tent” plans and po­ten­tial safety is­sues.

A mo­tion to sub­mit a $250,000 shared path project to the State Gov­ern­ment for fund­ing ap­proval caused some dis­agree­ment among coun­cil­lors, par­tic­u­larly about po­ten­tial bike paths on Bin­dar­ing Pa­rade and Gray­lands Road east.

Cr Bruce Haynes said it was “blind­ingly ob­vi­ous” the Perth Bike Net­work’s plans were in­com­pe­tent.

“The plans ap­peared to have been in­cluded be­cause they were in a pre­vi­ous pro­posal coun­cil didn’t ac­cept and there was a good rea­son for that,” he said.

The path on Gray­lands Road came to a nar­row point and a blind cor­ner, making it un­nav­i­ga­ble for cy­clists.

De­spite some op­po­si­tion, the coun­cil sup­ported grant sub­mis­sions for Bin­dar­ing Pa­rade north from Os­borne Pa­rade to the Es­planade, on Gray­lands Road from Al­fred Road to Shenton Road and on Stir­ling High­way south for miss­ing links from Bay Road to Goldswor­thy Road and Bay View Ter­race to Fresh­wa­ter Pa­rade.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sion, Cr Paul Kelly said it would be silly not to seek State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing and it was an in­dict­ment for coun­cil to dis­count Bin­dar­ing Pa­rade and Gray­lands Road.

Af­ter vot­ing against con­sid­er­a­tion of $30,000 from the 201617 bud­get to de­velop the 2016-21 Clare­mont Bike Plan, Mayor Jock Barker used his cast­ing vote to ap­prove the mo­tion.

Mr Barker said he was not op­posed to cy­cle lanes but he dis­agreed with some as­pects of the plan.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said what­ever coun­cil put for­ward would have to go through the bud­get process.

“Greater de­tail will come at the time of ap­prov­ing fund­ing,” he said.

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