Path splits community

BAYSWATER’S bike boulevard looks set to be extended to Morley city centre, but over half the residents living beside the proposed extension are against it.

The million dollar first stage of the boulevard, running for 2.7km along Leake and May Streets, was completed in September.

Stage two will run from Adelphi St to Russell St in the city centre and councillors are set to rubber stamp the extension at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

But 58 per cent of residents living beside the proposed bike route are against it, according to community consultation undertaken by the city.

“Some of the residents on the route verbally indicated that they would support the project if it was on another street,” the council report stated.

Despite the objections, council officers have recommended council give the extension the go ahead.

Consultation also revealed that most residents living further away from the boulevard supported it, with some concerns over reduced street parking on Edward Street and access for larger vehicles.

The boulevard will connect Riverside Gardens with St Columba’s and Bayswater Primary Schools, and Chisholm and John Forrest Colleges.

It will also include a signalised pedestrian crossing at Beaufort and May Street which the report states, “will greatly benefit all residents in the area as an added facility enabling the safe crossing of Beaufort Street.”

The project is funded by the Transport Department as part of their Safe Active Streets program.

by CHARLIE SMITH

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