Parents support plan for safer routes to school

L-R: Cr Elli Petersen-Pik (City of Bayswater) with Kaylie Morphew of Maylands and Ayrton (6) and crossing the road is Kate Brill of Maylands with Oscar (3), Finn (2) and Lachie (5). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d495083
L-R: Cr Elli Petersen-Pik (City of Bayswater) with Kaylie Morphew of Maylands and Ayrton (6) and crossing the road is Kate Brill of Maylands with Oscar (3), Finn (2) and Lachie (5). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d495083

MAYLANDS Peninsula Primary School has welcomed Bayswater Council’s push for a safe routes to school plan.

Bayswater chief executive Andrew Brien is developing a report on a possible plan to connect all schools in the City with surrounding streets by improving facilities for pedestrians and bikes along major access routes.

The school has been touted to be the focus for a demonstration project.

School parents have started an online petition which has gained more than 50 signatures of support for the proposal.

Principal Paul Andrijich said in-principle, the school was “very supportive” of the proposal and looked forward to working with the City.

“(We) appreciate anything that makes getting to and from school for our school community more safe and accessible,” he said.

“Where the school is basically located…there isn’t really a safe crossing point for kids.

“We have had a few close calls with kids on bikes and kids walking across the intersection.”

L-R: Cr Elli Petersen-Pik (City of Bayswater) with Kaylie Morphew of Maylands and Ayrton (6) and Kate Brill of Maylands with Finn (2), Oscar (3) and Lachie (5). Seen here outside the Maylands Peninsula Primary School. Picture: David Baylis

Maylands parents Kate Brill and Kaylie Morphew want to see the installation of zebra crossings, footpaths, signage, speed humps and replacement an “informal crossing” on the corner of Kelvin and Susan Streets to a safe pedestrian crossing.

Ms Brill said it was easier to walk to school than driving due to the lack of parking.

Councillor Elli Petersen-Pik, who proposed the potential plan, said the proposal looked into developing a long-term action plan to improve existing paths and providing pedestrian-priority street crossings.

The report will be presented to the council in February.

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