Bayswa­ter road safety group to be formed

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.

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