Trial Bike Lane Included in Summerhill Road Reconstruction
Published on 20 September 2023
Update 7pm 20 September 2023
Summerhill Road Rescission Motion
Council’s Chief Executive Officer has received a notice of rescission in relation to the Summerhill Road reconstruction project decision made at the City Development Delegated Committee meeting on Tuesday night (19 September).
This rescission motion will be considered at the next meeting of Council on 17 October 2023.
19 September 2023
Councillors have asked for separated bike lanes to be installed along Summerhill Road and Rosamond Road from Barkly Street to Raleigh Road for a two-year trial period as part of a multi-million dollar reconstruction of the key arterial route.
On-street parking will need to be removed along both sides of each of the roads to accommodate the pop-up bike lanes.
The decision follows presentations to the City Development Delegated Committee from a number of cycling members of the community who spoke of their concerns for their safety when riding along the road.
Summerhill and Rosamond Roads, which are key distributor roads bringing traffic into and through the municipality, carry high volumes of traffic including significant numbers of heavy vehicles.
Over time, with increasing wet weather and heavy traffic use, a number of cracks and potholes have begun to appear, which if left alone, will lead to further deterioration of the road surface.
Planned works, as part of a resolved commitment in the 2023/24 Budget, would see the road pavement replaced between Ballarat Road and Barkly Street on Summerhill Road with new kerb and channel along with an additional pedestrian crossing to be installed in response to community requests. Targeted patching and resurfacing is planned along Rosamond Road from Ballarat Road to Raleigh Road.
Council officers had recommended a like-for-like reconstruction addressing the immediate need for road upgrades with options for improved cycling infrastructure to be further investigated and engagement with the community undertaken first.
Councillors voted four to three to install the bike lanes as part of the reconstruction works and engage the community on cycling improvements during the two-year trial period.
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