Bayswater road safety group to be formed
A LOCAL road safety trial reference group comprising Bayswater West ward councillors, community groups, cyclists, schools and residents will be formed to help finish the stalled Bayswater to Morley Bike Boulevard.
The project, funded and led by the Department of Transport, was put together to create a safe and comfortable riding route between the Swan River foreshore and Morley town centre.
Stage 1, which runs along Leake and May Streets, opened in September 2017.
In April, the council rejected stage 2, which would have run along May, Edward and Catherine streets, in light of concerns over its location and design from Bedford residents.
Following pushes from Bayswater Primary School and John Forrest Secondary College’s parent and carer associations for the council to reverse its refusal of stage 2 in June, councillors voted 9-1 for Mayor Dan Bull’s motion to establish a reference group at the July 24 council meeting.
The group will look at priorities and opportunities to increase cycle-ability and walk-ability within the West ward, meet the Department and provide recommendations to the council for the progression and completion of the boulevard as soon as practicable.
Councillor Giorgia Johnson tabled a petition with more than 400 signatures expressing concerns that stage 2 was rejected and requesting the council reconsider connecting stage 1 through to the Morley town centre.
Cr Bull said the group could come up with a costeffective and safe solution and route for kids and cyclists.
Cr Filomena Piffaretti, who voted against the motion, said her concern was the P & C association members might not have experience in planning.