Bike plan ‘too de­tailed’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Be A Lifeline For Lifeline -

CON­CERNS that a pro­posed bi­cy­cle plan in the Town of Cam­bridge was too de­tailed for res­i­dents to com­pre­hend led to heated de­bate at last week’s meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered an ad­min­is­tra­tion rec­om­men­da­tion to re­lease a five-year bi­cy­cle plan 2017-2021 for pub­lic com­ment, but it was re­ferred back to an elected member fo­rum for fur­ther dis­cus­sion.

Con­cerns were raised that the re­port, which out­lined more than $16 mil­lion of bike path projects to con­nect the east and west across the Town, in­clud­ing $5.25 mil­lion for a Perth to City Beach sys­tem, may be too de­tailed for the com­mu­nity to process.

A four-week pub­lic on­line con­sul­ta­tion sur­vey was con­ducted from Oc­to­ber to Novem­ber last year, as well as a com­mu­nity work­shop.

More than 350 re­sponses formed the ba­sis for the Draft Bi­cy­cle Plan.

Cr Corinne Macrae de­scribed the draft as “opaque” and said her con­cern was with the cost of the projects out­lined and the size of the re­port.

Mayor Keri Shan­non, a keen cy­clist, said the projects out­lined by the con­sul­tant may not line up with what the com­mu­nity wanted or needed.

Cr Ron Bradley said he be­lieved the State Gov­ern­ment was “blackmailing” the Town into build­ing its own cy­cle ways.

When Cr Macrae tried to speak again, Cr Shan­non stopped her, say­ing she had al­ready spo­ken on the topic.

Cr Macrae said Cr Bradley was “rab­bit­ting on”, which prompted the lat­ter to slam his agenda on his desk sev­eral times.

Cr Bradley stood up and while slam­ming his agenda on the coun­cil cham­bers desk, called for a point of or­der.

Cr Jane Pow­ell cov­ered her ears and turned away.

“Cr Macrae can­not talk about other coun­cil­lors like that,” she said.

Cr Macrae re­voked her com­ment.

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