Bayswater to Morley Bike Boulevard: council looks at forming reference group

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BAYSWATER Council will be looking at forming a road safety reference group after two parent and carer associations called on the council to reverse its refusal of stage two of the Bayswater to Morley Bike Boulevard project.

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 City Centre.

In April, the council rejected stage two, which would run along May, Edward and Catherine streets.

Stage one, which runs along Leake and May Streets, opened in September 2017.

Bayswater Primary School and John Forrest Secondary College’s P and Cs sent letters to councillors about their concerns over the lack of consultation for stage two and asked for it to be completed this month.

However, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said representatives from both associations were consulted at a drop-in session in November and a Bike Week event in December, while the City and Department of Transport met with JFSC’s deputy principal on November 10.

“Council is committed to providing safe transport options for the community and will continue to support initiatives that work towards this objective,” he said.

“With Council support, we will look at the possibility of forming a reference group to consider local road safety initiatives with representation from the community, including local schools.”JFSC P and C president Helen Bolin said the council did not consult with parents on stage two, which would have benefited children and less confident riders.

“Stage two of the boulevard included pelican crossings to enable riders (and pedestrians) to cross busy streets such as Beaufort Street,” she said.

“(It would) ensure that children can ride safely on roads with slower traffic speeds provides reassurance to parents to allow their kids to ride by themselves to school, the Galleria, the railway, the library and the river.”

Bayswater PS P and C president Matthew Healey said the association was in full support of the original vision of the boulevard and would love to see it finished.

“We were surprised that the council voted not to continue the plan as neither the school nor school community have been approached for feedback regarding the issue,” he said.

“Given the opportunity, we’d be happy to help in whatever way we can.

“Providing a safe path for children from Guildford Road all the way through to John Forrest and Chisholm is a valuable amenity for the community.”

A Department spokeswoman said both the Department and City consulted the two schools along with Chisholm Catholic College and Saint Columba’s about the project.

“The decision to reinstate stage two of the project is required by the Council before any further work is undertaken,” she said.