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WHAT ARE FREMANTLE’S PARKING REVENUE ALTERNATIVES?

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us, and a huge life changing one for very many people. It also severely affected the City of Fremantle when cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants were closed, when many shops closed and Notre Dame University went on-line and students no longer came to Fremantle.

On the plus side that meant there were thousands of vacant car bays every day, but that meant a big loss of parking revenue for our city, reportedly up to $ 2 million a month in revenue was lost during the restrictions we had the last three months.

Now that most restrictions have been removed by the state government parking fees will again apply in Fremantle from July 1, but Fremantle Council does have a conundrum to deal with, because it will need to find new revenue streams to make up for the future loss of revenue from parking fees and fines.

The last three Councils under Mayor Brad Pettitt have had the ideology that they want to make inner city Freo more pedestrian and cyclists friendly through discouraging cars from coming into the CBD. If that succeeds in the long term parking revenue will drop, so where else can Freo City earn money from to make up for that?

Add to that Council’s desire to have light rail, probably a trackless tram, running from the Roundhouse through High Street, the Cappuccino Strip and South Street to Murdoch  and maybe even Curtin University, with a link to Cockburn, and many people will see that as an attractive alternative and leave their cars at home. More parking revenue lost.

I have little doubt that within the ten next years autonomous vehicles will start becoming popular, and they will just pick up and drop off passengers, so no need to park, which will again lower parking revenue for Fremantle.

So how is Fremantle Council planning for a future where parking bays are no longer as important as they were, and is it good governance to plan for more car parks, such as the one in Parry Street, when they might fast become unused relics of the past?

Roel Loopers

NO CAFE SEATS. NO PROBLEM!

Posted in bicycles, cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2020

 

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This gentleman has adapted very well to the Covid-19 restrictions and the takeaway only cafes by bringing his own seat when riding his bike. Good on him!

Roel Loopers

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BENVENUTO TO FREO OCEAN CYCLES!

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2020

 

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It is nice to see the historic Fremantle Weigh Bridge in Phillimore Street used again, so a warm welcome to  E Bike Hire OCEAN CYCLES, run by Italian born Mario and his partner.

Check them out on http://www.oceancycles.com.au and Facebook: Ocean Cycles, and Instagram @ocean.cycles

Roel Loopers

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HIGHWAY TO CAR FREE HEAVEN

 

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt writes on his blog that the Highway to Hell event, where the entire Canning Highway was closed off to traffic from 4pm to late at night on Sunday, shows what potential there would be for place making if Perth was not such a car dependent city.

It was indeed fantastic to see thousands of people walking and cycling along Canning Highway, and I fondly remember the car free Sundays we had in Germany during the global oil crisis, where Autobahns became cycle ways and events were organised. Yes, those good old days, hey!

Closing parts of the city is always going to be a challenge and will receive criticism and praise, as it will inconvenience those who live and work there, and it requires a lot of, not very forthcoming, flexibility from the Public Transport Authority.

There are still Fremantle people who would like to see the High Street mall reopened to  traffic, and presumably also let cars run through the centre of Kings Square at the High Street reserve.

We had car free trials on the Cappuccino Strip on Sundays, but according to the City of Fremantle traders in the CBD did not support that. The trials were in my opinion not that good though, as they did not engage in real place making, and instead created a huge alfresco area for the traders on the strip, and the ugliness of far too much pine used, to make those alfresco spaces.

The Highway to Hell was a great creative, big thinking, idea that worked really well, but there are plenty of people who complain about it. A world where we all agree is as utopian as a car free world.

Roel Loopers

NOT ALL CYCLISTS WANT THE SAME

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, city planning, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2020

 

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Fremantle Council wants Freo to become more bicycle friendly and discourage the use of cars, but when planning new cycle lanes it is important to realise that not all cyclists have the same needs and that city planners need to differentiate, as the Netherlands have been doing for centuries.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CYCLING WITHOUT AGE

Posted in aged, bicycles, city of fremantle, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Cycling Without Age, an international not-for-profit organisation that allows elderly and less mobile people to experience an outdoor ride on trishaw e-bikes piloted by volunteer cyclists, has launched in Fremantle.

The social enterprise was partially funded by the City of Fremantle’s Arts and Community Grants program and received $5000 earlier this year to help get it off the ground.

City of Fremantle Director of Community Development Michelle Brennand said Cycling Without Age encouraged ageing in a positive context and built bridges between generations.

Cycling Without Age was established in Denmark in 2012, and is represented in 42 countries around the world today.

Cycling Without Age are piloted trishaw rides that follow two routes and are  entirely free for passengers.

They depart Monday to Friday from South Beach and cycle to South Fremantle Power Station and back, and on weekends they are at Bathers Beach cycling to B Shed and the South Mole.

Volunteer pilot cyclist act as a channel for passengers telling stories and many of the older passengers talk about their memories of the area.

Cycling Without Age’s Fremantle chapter is currently recruiting volunteer cyclists, who will be trained to pilot the trishaw.

They are also raising funds for a second trishaw. While the first trishaw was funded by a bequest and a City of Fremantle community grant, CWA are now seeking smaller donations and sponsorships from local businesses and care providers to expand this  community service.

For more information, visit cyclingwithoutage.org.au. To book a ride, call 0448 447 223 or email adminwa@cyclingwithoutage.org.au.

Cycling Without Age is also offering trial rides at the City’s International Day of People with Disability and International Volunteer Day event at The Meeting Place on 5 December. Book here to register your attendance.

 

Roel Loopers

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WHY THE BIKE PARKING URGENCY BEFORE LEGAL RULING?

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

 

It seems rather premature that a development item is on the Fremantle Council Planning Committee agenda on Wednesday when it is still the focus of a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal by the City and State Government.

The application is for two bicycle parking structures in front of 142 High Street, just east of Kings Square, where the State Administrative Tribunal questioned if the land is actually privately owned or Crown land, and hence the matter ended up in the Supreme Court where it was judged that the land is on private land, but that ruling is now challenged.

Reportedly the City of Fremantle has already spent some $ 800,000 on the court case, but they hope to recover that should the ruling by the Court of Appeal be in their favour.

I wonder though why all parties would not wait with the planning application until the matter has been ruled in court.

The PTA is strongly objecting to the bike shelters in that location as it want it for bus stops close to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

 

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VERY FREO CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

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Coming out of Chalkys cafe on High Street this morning I noticed these two colourful ladies riding their bikes, so had to take a photo of course as it is so very Freo.

The lady in the back is helping to organise the East Fremantle Primary School Fair that will be held this Saturday afternoon October 26. Go and support them!

Roel Loopers

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