Cyclists bugged at plans for Subiaco roundabout

From In My Community:

A GROUP of Subiaco residents and members of the Subiaco Bicycle User Group (BUG) have rallied against a new roundabout due to be installed at the corner of Rokeby and Hamersley roads.

About 45 local residents, along with eight City of Subiaco councillors, attended a meeting last Saturday to express their views on the construction.

Subiaco BUG member Lee Hemsley said the outcome of the meeting was to ask the City of Subiaco to defer construction of the roundabout for 12 months, which would enable broader discussion.

He said he expected the issue to be raised at council in the near future.

In March, the City voted to install the roundabout without a comprehensive survey of pedestrian, cyclist and car movements through, and in the vicinity of, the intersection.

Since then, the Subiaco BUG has conducted its own study. Mr Hemsley said 1735 cars were counted on April 5, along with 118 bicycles and 211 pedestrians crossing the intersection between 7am and 9am.

“Rokeby Road is the commercial and cultural centre of Subiaco, yet there has been no study of the potential effects of the roundabout on the non-motorised traffic through the intersection,” he said.

The roundabout is expected to cost about $180,000.

The City of Subiaco was unable to respond before deadline.

BTA Board member Robert Hunt was there when the original count occured.

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I returned to cycling around 5 years ago, when I decided to start commuting by bike to work. I'm now cycling around 13,500km's annually, and love it.