Residents help fine tune Kingston Bay Trail plans

July 8, 2017 by  

A revamped plan for the upgrade of Kingston Bay Trail has been approved by Kingston Council.

The update to the proposed introduction of a shared walking/bicycle path follows feedback received from community members in Moorabbin, Mordialloc and throughout the Kingston City area.

According to Mayor David Eden the construction of the path attracted great support but there were differing views about its implementation. He said:

“We’ve listened and made changes to provide a practical solution that strikes a balance between motorists, road cyclists, path users and the environment.”

An estimated 4,000 homes received flyers in the post inviting community consultation, and Council also held two drop-in sessions, as well as online engagement via the `Your Kinston Your Say’ website, said the Mayor.

As a result, 541 submissions were received and 2,417 people signed six petitions. The drop-in sessions attracted 130 people.

Mayor Eden said the main themes that sparked comment included road cyclist safety, car parking, traffic congestion, road alteration costs and the quality of vegetation.

The major changes, he said, included the reduction of car parking spaces by only four instead of earlier plans advocating a reduction of 105 spaces overall.

Parking spaces will also be increased near Parkdale Yacht Club and the Mentone Life Saving Club, while the Bay Trail width will also be reduced at certain points to protect significant vegetation.