NYC-style bike path push

Cr Coates will tonight call on the council to consider setting up a temporary bicycle boulevard on King William Street from Bert Wright Park to Riverside Gardens for the one-day Autumn River Festival.

Bike boulevards aim to encourage more people to cycle by creating slower speeds and sites that connect to a cycling network. The signage and sectioning-off of cycle lanes would cost $10,000-$12,000, with a low-key option $2000-$3000.

Cr Coates said New York City transformed its car-dominant streets between 2007 and 2013, something that could be achieved in Bayswater.

“They did lots of things in a temporary trial manner and when people trialled it, they loved it,” she said.

“I think we could be doing temporary things here and take people along with us on the journey to becoming a more walkable, bike-friendly city.” However according to a City officer report, bike boulevards were usually installed on low-traffic and slow roads, while King William had a 60km/h speed limit and about 12,000 vehicles a day.

Cr Coates said the proposed bicycle boulevard along Leake Street and May Street, which is currently in consultation with the Department of Transport, should also be trialled.