A BAYSWATER bike boulevard is one step closer to becoming reality after City of Bayswater council signed off on plans this week.
The $700,000 Department of Transport project will see the installation of a 30km/ph bike boulevard along Leake and May streets from Riverside Gardens to Adelphi Street.
Connecting Bayswater and St Columba’s primary schools to Riverside Gardens and the shared path along the railway, parallel parking bays will be installed and trees planted to give a boulevard effect.
At a council meeting on Tuesday night, councillor Sally Palmer said it was an “exciting venture” at no cost to ratepayers.
“It would be astounding to use and enjoy,” she said.
Cr Catherine Erhardt said the boulevard would promote safe cycling.
“It’s a great opportunity for the City of Bayswater, I don’t think we could pass up this,” she said.
However, a petition was received on the night, signed by 138 nearby residents who thought the boulevard was not suited to the local environment.
Cr Brent Fleeton said he did not support the proposal on behalf of the residents of Leake Street.
Cr Dan Bull said he liked the idea but was concerned Leake Street would lose half its on-street parking and that they did not have feedback from the Bayswater Primary School P&C.
During consultation, which included two public forums, 60 per cent of the respondents were in favour of the development.