Community consultation helps shape Bay Trail plans
27 June 2017
Kingston Council last night approved plans for the Kingston Bay Trail shared bicycle/walking path following a number of changes thanks to community feedback on the project.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said that there was strong community agreement that the path should be built – but differing views on how it should be implemented. “We’ve listened and made changes to provide a practical solution that strikes a balance between motorists, road cyclists, path users and the environment,” Cr Eden said.
Community consultation included mail-outs to 4000 homes, two community drop-in sessions plus online engagement on the Your Kingston Your Say website. Council received 541 submissions, 130 people attended drop-in sessions plus six petitions (with 2417 total signatures).
Key themes raised included road safety, traffic congestion, car parking, road cyclist safety, quality of vegetation, the consultation process and the cost of altering the road.
Changes made include:
- preserving car parking in the area – the current plan is a reduction of just four spaces overall (from 904 to 900) compared with an earlier plan that would have resulted in a loss of up to 105 car parks overall
- providing increased car parking near Parkdale Yacht Club (9 extra indented spaces) removing an extra 175sqm of vegetation to increase on-road parking by 75 spaces to the south of Mentone Life Saving Club
- narrowing the Bay Trail by 10cm in a small 50m section to protect the most significant vegetation on this section of the Kingston foreshore
- no change to lane width/car parking in the southern section – Mordialloc Creek to Rennison St – near the Mordialloc Life Saving Club.
“This solution is a balanced compromise supported by Bicycle Network Victoria, meets or exceeds VicRoads standards, provides plenty of car parking and protects the most environmentally significant areas of vegetation,” Cr Eden said. “Council is now moving forward to implement the Bay Trail.”
In addition to the community consultation changes, the Bay Trail project will see no change in the existing number of traffic lanes on Beach Road.