Bayswater PS deputy wants parents and students to take advantage of bike boulevard

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker were joined by Bayswater Primary School Year 1 student Anabelle Cook, kindergarten student Sophie Cook and Year 5 student Emily Gardner.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker were joined by Bayswater Primary School Year 1 student Anabelle Cook, kindergarten student Sophie Cook and Year 5 student Emily Gardner.

BAYSWATER Primary School deputy principal David Dique says he hoped students and their parents could take advantage of the new bike boulevard in Bayswater, in a bid to get cars off the street.

WA’s second bike boulevard worth $969,000, runs along Leake and May streets, connecting to existing paths along the Midland Line and the Swan River.

Part of the project includes a 30km/h speed limit with give-way slow points for a bicycle-friendly zone, connections to other bike routes, schools and parks, landscape enhancements to improve the overall look and feel of the street.

Future stages of the bike boulevard, including connections to the Bayswater and Morley town centres, are being investigated.

Mr Dique said the boulevard was a way for kids to get out of the car by walking or riding to school.

“(The number of riders) is starting to increase and we are going to start promoting it through the school,” he said.

“We are hoping that kids who are 2km away can hop on a bike instead of jumping in a car and take advantage of the boulevard.

“We have got about 30 students who actually ride to school.”

Mr Dique said the school would be conducting a survey on how many students use the boulevard.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the boulevard connects St Columba’s and Bayswater primary schools, Riverside Gardens and local shops.

She said the project would complement the roll-out of the Metronet rail project.

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