TWO temporary speed cushions will be installed on Kenilworth Street in Bayswater in a bid to prevent “hoons” from speeding at more than 100 km/h.
Kenilworth Street resident Greg McKeaig submitted a petition signed by 35 residents, requesting the installation of traffic calming devices on the street.
At the March 20 committee meeting, the council supported Councillor Lorna Clarke’s motion to install two temporary speed cushions, 7-4.
Deputy Mayor Chris Cornish, Cr Catherine Ehrhardt, Cr Sally Palmer and Cr Elli Petersen-Pik voted against.
The same cushions, worth $1500, are currently installed on Langley Road and Seventh Avenue.
Mr McKeaig said vehicles would speed at more than 100 km/h at 11pm and higher than 50 km/h during morning peak hours from 7am onwards.
“I believe that the street has now become a rat run in terms of trying to dodge the traffic that exists on Garratt Road,” he said.
Mr McKeaig said people would likely use another route and return the street to the residents after the cushions were installed.
“The installation of this type of traffic calming allows for their removal in the future,” he said.
“It’s my belief that Kenilworth Street is being used as a ‘rat run’ and the initial installation of the cushions will detract from the attraction of a long straight street to use as a conduit to the other side of Bayswater and Maylands.”
Cr Clarke said temporary cushions would send a message to change behaviour and make the street safer.
Cr Ehrhardt said the cushions were extremely noisy for residents on Seventh Avenue because some drivers saw them as a “challenge”.
Cr Palmer said the council should consult with residents again about other potential traffic calming devices.
According to an officer’s report, a traffic survey showed 85 per cent of drivers on Kenilworth Street sped by between 2km/h and 7km/h above the limit.