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TRAFFIC CALMING IS COMMUNITY WISH

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

speedhumps

 

Social media is an interesting indication on how well informed or ill-informed the community is, what they believe in, what they are passionate about, and how some people just want to use social media to release anger and negativity.

The recently installed speedhumps in Fremantle are getting a lot of feedback on Facebook, with some people saying they don’t slow down traffic, while others claim they create traffic jams.

People ask why speedhumps instead of lowering the speed limit, but local government can only do that if Mainroads agree to do so, and they did not in these instances.

My own observation, and that is not an opinion, is that vehicles are considerably slowing down in Ord and Ellen streets and Wray Avenue and South Terrace, from doing around 50kph to only 30kph.

I know that my old car will complain and the shockies cry out when I go over a speedhump too fast.

There are also those who believe speedhumps are a unique Fremantle thing and show that Freo Council are lunatics, but speedhumps are used all over Australia and the world to calm traffic and they need to be approved by the WA Mainroads Department.

Traffic calming is mostly implemented after complaints about traffic from local residents and businesses, so Fremantle Council is accommodating those who are affected most by it.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Andrew Sullivan said, on June 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Like most people, I’m not a huge fan of speed humps used in the general flow of traffic. That said, the ones just installed in South Terrace are a necessary first step to improve the safety and ambience along South Terrace, South Fremantle.

    Our state road rules don’t allow local governments to unilaterally reduce speed limits, put up lower speed limit signs or even enforce the limits using speed cameras. Our engineers must first demonstrate that the majority of drivers are already driving below say 40kmh before we can get approval for a 40kmh zone. Crazy as that is, they are the Main Roads’ rules!

    South Fremantle residents and the South Terrace business community have been working hard over many years to highlight the need for physical improvements to the streetscape. The aim has always been to establish some distinct destination nodes along the strip where people feel much safe to linger a while in a pleasant and vibrant townscape. This has to be coupled with a streetscape environment that gives the right visual cues so that well-mannered drivers and cyclists know instinctively to slow right down. Drivers and riders must learn to share these mini town square spaces.

    It does rather seem embedded in our Western Australian DNA, that once behind the wheel, many of us lose any sense of community as we become obsessed with the need to get from A to B as quickly as possible. Many people have taken to swerving in and out of the lanes to avoid the new speed humps or to race between them in a stop/start frenzy to express their utter outrage at being inconvenienced. Interestingly, these are just as likely to be the same people wanting the cosmopolitan alfresco lifestyle that our community has been striving for.

    The aim is not to drastically lower traffic volumes along South Terrace or to force all drivers on to Marine Terrace. If you have business to attend to in South Freo, are visiting friends, want to enjoy slow-cruising the strip the traditional way, or aren’t in a mad rush, by all means keep using South Terrace. However, if your sole purpose is to speed through South Freo as quickly as possible or haul freight to some distant place, then Marine Terrace or other more free-flowing roads have always been a better and far safer bet.

    Acknowledging that Council has many capital works priorities, it is still very frustrating for all of us in South Fremantle that the approved Budget once again lacks the resources to implement the much-needed permanent streetscape improvements to South Terrace. We can have a whinge about that by all means, but we can’t just wait around for the necessary funds to create the pleasant townscapes that will in turn demand courtesy and respect from drivers.

    The community have demanded immediate action to slow the traffic. Right now, the speed humps are the best way to achieve that in a paradigm of draconian state laws and tight budgets. The same people that have demanded this outcome now need to remember what the end-game is next time they are behind the wheel.

  2. freoview said, on June 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Yes indeed Rob, they are only temporary until the real things are put down.

    Roel

  3. Suzanne said, on June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Actually Roel the gentle speed humps within the CBD, specifically between the Esplanade and the pub, are down right dangerous. Any where else, the white half zebra lines are only on the side of the oncoming traffic. These I have depicted, have lines all the way across, unfortunately leading some people to think they are a Zebra Crossing. Many walk straight out into the midst of traffic. It is particularly dangerous in the Esplanade area mentioned, as families pushing prams and toteing toddlers, wander out enjoying their Fremantle ambiance, oblivious to the screech of brakes and domino effect behind.
    Rub out the continous lines. Only use the markings to alert oncoming traffic to the hump.

  4. Rob Fittock said, on June 29, 2017 at 6:26 am

    these speed hump mats are a cheap quick fix solution for CoF in its current upgrade plans for South Terrace that people were informed of some time ago

    one would hope that it is planning to spend extra $$ to treat a number of intersections with raised flat ‘humps’ which will serve the same purpose with slow down nodes at corners while creating a better streetscape outcome rather than these mats dotted along the terrace

  5. Rob said, on June 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Today there are some very creative ways to calm traffic

  6. freoview said, on June 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It was one of the many considerations during the community consultation discussions that it was essential to keep vehicle access to the inner city traders. The diversion of traffic to Marine Parade was also debated, but doing nothing was not an option.

    Roel

  7. Michael said, on June 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    It is also valid to point out that speed bumps deter through traffic, which means less exposure to the businesses in the southern South Tce hub. While cruising down South Tce on the way home, I’m tempted to stop at Manna’s for a tidbit for dinner – but if South Tce is so slow and unpleasant, I simply won’t go that way anymore. I hope the remaining residents of Marine Pde and Hampden Rd appreciate the extra traffic now on their streets, and I am sorry for Manna and all the other South Tce businesses who lose out as a result.

  8. freoview said, on June 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    There is no 15 along South Tce.

    Roel

  9. Natalie said, on June 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    15 along South Terrace seems like an overkill.


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