Council likely back-pedal on cycling plan

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser
The proposed cycle path was between Streets Collie and Carlisle.
Camera IconThe proposed cycle path was between Streets Collie and Carlisle.

Parking and road safety are being peddled as a reason to put the brakes on a Mt Melville cycle path.

For its July 24 meeting, the City of Albany council is recommended to postpone approval of a two-way cycle path along Collie and Melville streets in Mt Melville based on concerns about its impact on parking and driveway visibility.

Collie and Melville streets have a 50km/h limit, with moderate street parking on the north and south sides on weekdays.

If approved, the path would replace street parking bays on either the north or south side.

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In a report set to go to the council, executive director of infrastructure and environment Matthew Thomson warns cutting bay numbers would force cars to park on one side, likely affect visibility for people leaving driveways on that side.

The report considered 24 public submissions on the matter, 60 per cent of which supported the status quo being maintained.

Mr Thomson has recommended following public opinion, but acknowledges expecting pedestrians and cyclists to continue sharing the existing footpath is not a perfect outcome.

The project is part of a two-part plan, with another section to link Carlisle Street and Frenchman Bay Road through the Mt Melville bushland.

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