Cycle lanes and trees will address speeding issues, says City of Wanneroo

Anchorage Drive will get on-road cycle lanes.
Anchorage Drive will get on-road cycle lanes.
Anchorage Drive will get on-road cycle lanes. Anchorage Drive will get on-road cycle lanes.

ADDING on-road cycle lanes and planting trees along Anchorage Drive will address speeding issues, a City of Wanneroo council report says.

The council endorsed the traffic management plan last month, which includes putting trees on existing median islands between Ocean Falls Boulevard and Swansea Promenade.

Prompted by requests from Northern Beaches Cycling Club (NBCC) late last year, the council also agreed to install cycle lanes between the Swansea Promenade/Honiara Way and Rosslare Promenade/Fairport Vista junctions.

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The plans replace a $300,000 project, which was due to start last November, to put in trees, parking embayments and red, raised asphalt medians.

“The proposed road treatments, aimed at reducing speeds on a section of Anchorage Drive, would have forced cars to sit in a single lane behind cyclists for 500m,” NBCC president Chris Howard said.

“Including a cycle lane is a cost-effective compromise; the cost has reduced from $300,000 to $40,000 for ratepayers.

“It has gone from being a designed hazard to an appealing bike boulevard that facilitates slower driving in a suburban area.”

The report outlined outcomes of community consultation undertaken after the council endorsed the cycle path proposal in April.

It said while only 36 per cent of the 33 responses from Mindarie residents supported the proposal, 76 per cent of all 103 submissions received did support it.

The council approved reallocating the unspent $260,000 to the City’s coastal infrastructure management reserve.

According to the report, works will take place between September and November.