Mt Hawthorn bike boulevard plan under scrutiny

A DEPARTMENT of Transport plan to create a bike boulevard in Mt Hawthorn will go out for community consultation.

City of Vincent councillors voted to release the proposed plan for public consultation but made it clear that it must be scrutinised by the Mt Hawthorn community before they would consider approving it.

At the City’s council meeting last Tuesday, several residents were worried the boulevard would add to Shakespeare Street’s traffic issues.

The boulevard, which is expected to cost about $700,000, could include formal street parking, single lane slow points, road surfacing and drainage improvements.

Shakespeare Street resident Robert Zeiser said he believed cyclists should be consulted before any plan was approved and asked why the street was chosen over others.

“They should be looking at the usage of those streets,” Mr Zeiser said.

“I don’t see the reasoning of putting that on our street over other streets.”

Cr Emma Cole agreed that streets with a history of usage by cyclists should be considered.

“This is simply a consultation exercise,” Cr Cole said.

“We want to know what the residents have to say about this happening on their street.”

Cr Matt Buckels said the department should be encouraged for initiating the plan.

“We get a lot of requests for traffic calming… we may as well not slap them around the head for trying to do that,” Cr Buckels said.

“It landed upon residents without much notice, but I think it is worth investigating further.”

Cr Roslyn Harley said it was healthy to discuss the proposal before the council considered approving it.

“We value community consultation,” Cr Harley said.

“It may be a first for the State Government to have to enter into this level of consultation.”

A report will be presented to the council for consideration once the department has publicly consulted with residents in the affected area for at least four weeks, held a community consultation forum and provided a detailed report to council.