Roots of the issue
A COTTESLOE Councilhosted walk has highlighted some hurdles still facing designers of the $18 million principal shared path (PSP) for cyclists before construction starts in December.
About 20 members of the public, councillors and engineers walked from Victoria Station, Mosman Park, to Grant Street, Cottesloe, last month.
Staked pink ribbons show the middle of the 4mwide path, which north of Victoria Street comes closest to Curtin Avenue.
Engineers said the PSP was on the railway reserve and distant from Curtin Avenue’s heavy truck and commuter traffic.
How the PSP crosses a sump and a path at Mosman Park train station, and if it will affect nearby gum trees, are some of the issues affecting a final design for the south leg of the path.
“We’ve already got the bike path in Forrest Street, and when this PSP opens up, people will be able to ride their bikes from the Perth CBD to the beach,” Cottesloe Mayor Phil Angers said.
The PSP sparked controversy when it was claimed up to 48 trees could be removed for construction, before an agreement was reached to plant replacements.
Before the Eric Street bridge, consulting arborist Steven Kneebone showed Mr Angers and residents introduced trees, including a weedy tamarisk.
Mr Kneebone said many non-native species that attracted cockatoos to the railway reserve had nuts not native to their diet.
“If you are really smart and take out and replace them with the right trees, you can virtually eliminate your maintenance,” he said.
Maps showing the PSP’S route will be on the council’s website.
“Once the maps are up showing which trees are going and which are staying, the public will be informed and happier,” resident Patricia Carmichael said.