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FREMANTLE’S NEW COLOURS

Posted in art, cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2020

 

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It’s not all down in good old Freo, as long as we look up now and then. The Henderson Street carpark, which is part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project, is looking very bright and colourful.

The artwork by British artist Morag Myerscouch is nearly completed.

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COUNCIL POLITICS A BUMP IN THE ROAD

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2020

 

Newish South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic claimed at the FPOL Committee meeting on Wednesday evening that the speed humps along South Terrace were not successful, but did not provide any evidence as to why she is of that opinion.

The officers’ report states clearly that traffic calming and reduction of speed along that stretch of road has worked, and the average speed there is now between 35-40 km/h, and that is exactly what the locals, through various intensive precinct meetings wanted to achieve. I was at at least four Sth Freo precinct meetings about this issue.

People had been complaining about the dangers to cyclists, the difficulties crossing the road, and exiting side streets onto South Tce, and hence the speed humps were installed as a temporary measure, to convince Main Roads that a 40 km/h speed limit should be introduced.

Vujcic claimed last night that side roads had become rat runs, but traffic counting by the City of Fremantle last year, showed that is not the case.

Quite funny also the South Freo Councillor complaining about a delivery truck parking across her Commercial Street driveway at 9am in the mornings. Might that be the truck delivering goods to her son’s South Beach Hotel, I wonder? ; >)

I have the feeling that Marija Vujcic simply does not want to admit the success of the speed humps, because one of her election promises was to get rid off them, which by the way was also what Fremantle Council wanted to achieve and have a permanent speed limit of 40km/h without the speed humps.

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FREO’S MOST COLOURFUL CARPARK

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Look away if you don’t like bright colours!

The artistic painting of the Fremantle Henderson Street carpark by Sirona Capital is now well underway, and I quite like it.

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FREMANTLE IN SLOW MOTION?

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 11, 2020

 

Slowing down while sitting down in Fremantle?

 

The West Australian has this as one of their headlines today, and claims this is on the Council meeting agenda today:

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt leads council calls to slow down streets to 30km/h

but the agenda for the FPOL Committee which is held this evening will be considering this:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION

Council:

  1. Request officers formally seek approval from Main Roads WA for a lower speed limit of 40km/h on South Terrace between Wray Avenue and Douro Road.

 

It is nothing new anyway as the traffic calming along South Terrace in South Fremantle has been an ongoing process, which started with long community consultation at the South Fremantle Precinct meetings.

The temporary speedhumps from South Street to Douro Road are all part of the process to get Main Roads to allow the City of Fremantle to lower the speed limit along that stretch to 40 km/h.

Nothing in the agenda indicates that the Freo Mayor wants to put a motion forward tonight to lower the speed limit even more, so what’s the story?

Roel Loopers

FREO CARPARK ARTRACTION

 

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The Fremantle Henderson Street carpark facade is getting an arty facelift, which is a good idea, as it is pretty bland currently.

Do the triangles indicate that Kings Square in reality is two triangles and not a square?

The carpark upgrade is part of the Sirona Capital Kings Square Redevelopment Project that is nearing completion, with Department of Communities staff moving in from March 23.

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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

POPULAR FREE FREMANTLE PARKING

Posted in accidents, cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2019

 

Fremantle’s free Christmas parking is proving to be very popular with a significant increase in parking on weekdays.

City of Fremantle Director of City Business Glen Dougall said that “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a 21 per cent increase in the number of people using the PayStay app to park in City of Fremantle car parks between Monday and Thursday,” Mr Dougall said.

“That suggests that a lot of people have been coming to Fremantle, downloading the app and making the most of the two hours of free parking to do some Christmas shopping or enjoy a festive catch-up with friends.

The free parking offer extends right through until Boxing Day, so that’s a great reason for people to come down to Freo and grab themselves a bargain at the Boxing Day sales.

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FREEO PARKING CLARIFICATION

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

THERE WAS A COMMENT ABOUT THE FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN FREMANTLE AND THE CLAIM MOTORISTS HAD TO PAY UPFRONT TO USE THE NEW PARKING SERVICE, BUT THAT HAS CHANGED ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE, SEE BELOW:

I noticed the comment on your post about the free parking offer via Paystay about having to ‘pre-load’ credit in order to use PayStay.

When PayStay was first launched that was true – although it wasn’t $20 (it required a minimum credit balance of $5 and then a minimum top up amount of $5, so effectively the pre-load was $10).

However based on the initial feedback we received from the public we got PayStay to change that quite some time ago.

Now people can go onto the PayStay website https://www.paystay.com.au/ (they can do this on their phone) and set their minimum balance and top-up to zero, which therefore means you pay as to you go.

And the free parking offer is not on weekends! Only Monday to Thursday.

Roel Loopers

FREE FREMANTLE CHRISTMAS PARKING

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2019

 

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CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY! Starting this weekend, the City of Fremantle will be gifting 2 hours of FREE parking until Boxing Day! So whether you’re heading into Freo to do your shopping or enjoying a leisurely lunch, you can now bring the car and not worry about the cost!

To redeem, you will have to use PayStay at all of our off-street car parks. Keep an eye out for Free Parking Santa throughout December for special treats for the kiddies & if you’re lucky, he will also pay for your parking if you don’t have the app.

FREMANTLE DRIVERS SEEING RED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

 

One of the final events of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019 was a tour of red-coloured cars through the streets of Fremantle on Saturday at lunch time.

They gathered at the Beach Street carpark where I took these photos.

The Biennale ends with a party on the deck of the Maritime Museum this Sunday from 5pm. See you there!

Roel Loopers

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