City re­duces park­ing bays

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

CITY of Cock­burn coun­cil­lors have voted in favour of re­mov­ing on-street park­ing bays along Lyon Road in Atwell in a bid to im­prove pedes­trian safety for Har­vest Lakes Shop­ping Cen­tre pa­trons.

Dur­ing Thurs­day’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors voted to re­move two of the 12 park­ing bays and in­stall two bus stops and a ze­bra cross­ing to im­prove pedes­trian safety and traf­fic con­ges­tion on Lyon Road be­tween Gibbs Road and Flour­ish Loop.

Coun­cil­lors also voted to place 30-minute park­ing lim­its on Lyon Road’s re­main­ing on-street bays and re­duce the posted speed limit to 30km/h, sub­ject to ap­proval from Main Roads.

Har­vest Lakes Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Robert Kel­lar said it had taken three years of work to reach this point.

“Through ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, many al­ter­na­tives were ex­plored be­fore the cur­rent pro­posal, which pro­vides a win­win so­lu­tion for all con­cerned,” he said.

“Coun­cil’s unan­i­mous vote to ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tion was an en­dorse­ment of all the con­sul­ta­tive ef­fort which pre­ceded it.

“A ze­bra cross­ing, with pedes­trian pri­or­ity, will en­sure pedes­trian safety and a 30km/h speed limit will alert driv­ers to the need for care.

“Elim­i­nat­ing one park­ing bay on each side of the road to ac­com­mo­date a re­quested bus stop will not im­pact busi­nesses be­cause the re­main­ing 10 bays will be re­stricted to 30-minute park­ing, ex­clud­ing some cur­rent users and abusers who park there for sig­nif­i­cantly longer times.”

Charles Run­dle, as­set man­ager for Har­vest Lakes Shop­ping Cen­tre own­ers RG Prop­erty, said they had ob­jected to the re­moval of park­ing bays and in­stal­la­tion of the ze­bra cross­ing.

“The cen­tre’s po­si­tion is that the best so­lu­tion for all stake­hold­ers is the shared 30km/h zone, which pro­vides the best safety so­lu­tion for pedes­tri­ans and sup­ports lo­cal busi­nesses,” he said.

“This so­lu­tion works in Clare­mont, it works in Leederville and it works in North­bridge and many other places. It will work on Lyon Road as well.”

He said the Road Traf­fic Code 2000, which said a ve­hi­cle could not stop within 20m of the ap­proach side and 10m of the de­par­ture side of a pedes­trian cross­ing, meant the bus stops and ze­bra cross­ing could not co-ex­ist as pro­posed.

“The ze­bra cross­ing would mean both the loss of the bus stops and the loss of park­ing,” he said.

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