Boulevard  bike trial rides on

THE bike boulevard at Mount Hawthorn will be extended following a mildly successful five month trial.

Turning a chunk of Shakespeare Street into a bike priority zone had initially split the neighbourhood, but with 60 per cent of submissions supporting the trial it went ahead in December last year, with the Department of Transport footing the bill.

Based on two days’ monitoring, the on-road paint, slow points and traffic calming gateways resulted in a 25 per cent increase in the number of bikes on the street.

• An artist’s impression of the Mount Hawthorn bike boulevard. Image
supplied

Significant

But Vincent Cr Dan Loden noted that “two data points is not statistically significant”.

Phase one ran along Shakespeare Street from Green Street to Scarborough Beach Road, and the DoT plan to run phase two south of Scarborough Beach Road to Richmond Street.

Councillors were supportive in principle, but were adamant at last week’s briefing that all costs be born by the DoT, including the next round of consultation.

The DoT has budgeted $500,000 per kilometre to build the extended boulevard, but Vincent staff say that figure does not include “significant works expected at the Scarborough Beach Road intersection to facilitate a safer crossing point, nor the design and community consultation”.

by DAVID BELL

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