North Beach: Bollard removal a “start”

The City of Stirling removed a bollard from the middle section of poles. Photo: Martin Kennealey
The City of Stirling removed a bollard from the middle section of poles. Photo: Martin Kennealey

PUBLIC pressure has caused the removal of a coastal path bollard but a Sorrento resident says it is not enough.

The City of Stirling installed bollards in two places on the West Coast Drive path, near Mettams Pool, in late January in an effort to slow cyclists.

But Cycling Without Age founder Alanagh Godderidge said the bollards stopped the volunteer group from providing free trishaw rides along the coast to elderly people and those with disabilities.

Engineering design manager Paul Giamov said the City had liaised with community members since the bollards were installed.

“After a number of discussions with representatives of special user groups, the City has agreed to undertake some minor modifications and has removed one of the bollards installed on the bypass area,” he said.

“The City believes this will allow for easier access for those user groups, without compromising the intent of the bollards (to reduce risks associated with speeding cyclists).”

Ms Godderidge said the move was a “start” but also wanted the three bollards closest to the road removed.

According to Mr Giamov, the City would monitor the site and could consider other “incremental modifications” if needed.