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FREE ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING AT CAPPUCCINO STRIP CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2018

 

The new electric car free charging points at Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip car park are now live.

The four 22 kilowatt charging points are compatible with most electric vehicles, with a one hour charge giving between 18-40 kilometres of driving distance depending on the car.

There are also two standard 240 volt charging points, which means all current electric cars can be charged up using the appropriate cables.

The chair of the WA branch of the Australian Electric Vehicles Association Richard Baird said the new charging points would be greatly appreciated by the owners of electric cars.

“Fremantle has always supported electric vehicles and it’s fantastic that they’ve allocated four electric vehicle charging bays for the Cappuccino Strip and all EVs are welcome,” Mr Baird said.

“Around Perth there are probably about 50 or 60 of these charging points but that’s growing all the time, and as more electric vehicles are sold onto the market we’ll see more charging stations go in.

“Most people charge at home overnight but when you’re out and about doing errands these charging points are fantastic.”

While the drivers of electric cars will still have to pay for parking, charging their cars will be free.

The charging stations are just one of the environmentally friendly features of the new Cappuccino Strip car park, which was built using recycled road materials and also features solar lighting, storm water capture and water-wise native plants.

MODERN PARKING CHANGES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

Parking in Fremantle will be made easier thanks to a number of initiatives funded in the City of Fremantle’s 2018-19 annual budget.

The most significant change is the investment of $105,000 towards an improved pay-by-phone app, which will allow motorists to find and pay for parking on their mobile phone.

Parking will be timed down to the minute, so there will no longer be any need to guess how long your will need to park. Motorists will be able start a parking session when they arrive and stop it when they return to their car – all from the convenience of their phone.

Motorists won’t have to go to a meter, and won’t need to have  change on them and they won’t need to pay the minimum credit or debit card amount, which is currently set at $3.

The new app will also have a parking locator, where people can search for parking, based on criteria like the cost per hour, time restrictions, and going forward for loading zones or ACROD parking.

Businesses will also be able to set up a corporate account which will be very useful for tradies and corporate fleets.

People who don’t have a smart phone will continue to be able to start and stop parking sessions through a phone call, text message or interactive voice response.

The investment is also seeking to extend the capability to include residential parking permits.

The City of Fremantle says that residents will be able apply and pay for a permit online, and they’ll be linked to licence plates so there will no longer be any need to display a printed permit. Does that mean though that the current 20 hour free parking a day for residents will become a paid permit?

The tender to supply the new parking app, as part of a broader parking management system, is currently being considered by the Fremantle Council.

The 2018-19 budget also allocated $165,000 to replace the electronic parking signs at the main entrances to the Fremantle city centre on Queen Victoria Street, High Street and South Terrace, to make it easier for visitors to locate parking in the CBD.

A further $45,000 has been allocated to replace and rebrand the signs in the City of Fremantle’s carparks.

The new signs will be designed to encourage people to use the pay-by-phone system, make applicable fees and time restrictions clearer and update wayfinding information to help people find their way from the carpark to their destination.

There are approximately 5000 parking bays available in the Fremantle city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

The Queensgate carpark is on track to be reopened before summer as part of the Kings Square Renewal project, however the Point Street carpark will be closed towards the end of the year to make way for the Ancora Apartments and DoubleTree by Hilton hotel develop

FREO’S BIG BROTHER REGO-GNITION

Posted in cars, cbd, city of fremantle, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

A  $ 928.336 Safer Community grant from the Federal Government will be used by the City of Fremantle to install automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entries to the city. The technology is similar to that used in WA police cars.

The new cameras would be an addition to the existing Fremantle CCTV network and installed at main roads into the CBD and also at Beach Street, Marine Terrace, Market Street, South Terrace and Queen Victoria Street.

The Fremantle CCTV system is controlled by the CoF and footage release on request to the WA Police, lawyers and members of the public as evidence in court cases.

The cameras scan all passing vehicles and identify persons of interest, unregistered  and stolen vehicles and drivers without a license.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE CARPARK ALMOST THERE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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The  new Fremantle Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site is near completion with solar lighting now also installed.

It will be good that it opens as the Queensgate carpark will close after the long Easter weekend to accommodate the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S CAPPUCCINO STRIP CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018

 

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The new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site near Fremantle Hospital and Fremantle Oval is scheduled to open early April.

Bitumen made of recycled road milling is being put down at present. It will capture rain water run off that will be used to water the water-wise plants.

There will be 156 car bays which will be lit at night by solar lighting, and there are also electric car charging bays.

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CAR SHARING A VIABLE FREMANTLE OPTION?

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 10, 2018

The City of Fremantle is investigating the likelihood of success-or not- for a car share project , with a consultant report going to the FPOL Committee of Council this coming Wednesday

Here some excerpts of the agenda item:

The report findings suggest that for a car share operator to be successful in Fremantle, support from Council is critical. Recommended support includes the use of car share vehicles in preference to fleet vehicles, and the provision of free car share parking bays.

The report suggests that Council seek Expressions of Interest to gauge the willingness of car share operators to enter the Fremantle market, and to determine the most appropriate applicant.

Fremantle Council adopted a specific Car Share policy in 2014. This indicated its intention to undertake a 2 year trial to facilitate car share scheme/s in Fremantle, the support the City was willing to offer operators, and the requirements it had of operators in return for this support. Uptake during the trial period has, however, been limited. Conversely, the prevalence of car share schemes, nationally, has increased, with these now successfully operating Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Car share services are most relevant to non-car owners or any owner of a low use vehicle (> 5000km per year). Car share operators own, service and clean vehicles, and customers pay to hire the cars on an hourly basis, returning them to the same pick up location. The hourly cost usually covers petrol, servicing and repairs, and some level of insurance. Public benefits from car share services include financial benefits (lower costs associated with having access to a vehicle), easier parking options, reduced congestion and improved urban amenity. Owners of a low use vehicle may choose to sell their vehicle and opt to use car share instead. Research indicates that one car share vehicle usually reflects a net reduction of nine vehicles.

Operators are likely to be cautious about developing a car share network in Fremantle due to the relatively low population and job density, generous parking permit controls for residents and availability of parking for business vehicles, all of which may reduce demand for the scheme and so undermine its viability. Reasons to be optimistic include that 13% of households do not own a private vehicle, which is relatively high, a large number of residents (2200) commute without a car, and CAT bus routes can provide free transport to the initial car share locations.

Commercial car share schemes are unlikely to be successful in Fremantle unless proactively supported by Council through:

staff use of car share vehicles as an alternative to fleet vehicles,

provision of parking bays for car share vehicles,

widespread promotion of the service, and

encouraging other large local organisations (such as Notre Dame, Fremantle Hospital) to use the services.

One has to wonder how long such a car share scheme would last with the probability of autonomous driverless cars on our roads within the next five years. Council should take that into account before committing to car share. A survey among residents would also reveal how many of us would be likely to use car share arrangements.

Roel Loopers

TEMPORARY QUEENSGATE PARKING CLOSURE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, development, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

 

PROBUILD the builders for the Fremantle Kings Square Project have had a change of mind on how to proceed and the Queensgate carpark will now be closed for approximately four months straight after the Easter long weekend and Street Arts Festival.

After extensive structural testing of the concrete and steel reinforcement by the builders and specialist consultants for Sirona Capital it was decided that the work to remediate and protect the building is a lot more extensive than anticipated.

Removing redundant and corroded steelwork and applying protective poxy coatings will stop further degradation of the building, that also needs modern bigger lifts and improved accessibility, better lighting and security and modern equipment.

The closure is in the interest of public safety and the safety of workers.

A little compensation is the soon to open new carpark at the former Stan Reilly site which will offer 155 car bays in the city centre, plus the additional new street level parking next to the Point Street carpark.

As the old saying goes, there is no gain without pain.

There has been the perception of parking problems in Fremantle, but that ignores the fact that the multi-storey carparks in Fremantle are hardly used on weekdays, as I noticed again yesterday afternoon at 3.30 pm when Queensgate was almost empty.

There are over 5,000 car bays in Fremantle and there is one-hour free parking and all day parking for as little as $ 8.00 per day.

Residents with a permit can park for free before 11am and again after 3pm.

The only parking problem Fremantle has is on weekends of events and festivals when Freo is packed full with visitors, and that motorists want to park on the street straight in front of their destination, and that is an unrealistic expectation.

The carparks along Mews Road just across the railway line also have plenty of vacanct bays.

Roel Loopers

AROUND THE WORLD IN AN ELECTRIC CAR

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on http://www.plugmeinproject.com

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORT CAR TSUNAMI

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2017

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Fremantle Port’s Victoria Quay was a huge car park this morning when I photographed it from the Fremantle-Perth train.

I know the Fremantle community would like to develop that part of the port, but it is still an impressive sight.

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HAMPTON ROAD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

Fremantle Council sent the pedestrian crossing safety issues at the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street back to the drawing board after complaints by members of the community and businesses.

A new median strip had been installed so that traffic heading south along Hampton Road could no longer turn right into Scott Street to the shopping centre, while traffic from Scott Street east could only turn left and south.

This was done to make pedestrian crossing for the students and parents of the Beaconsfield Primary School safer.

As someone who lives there the issues are that traffic coming from the south now needs to turn right into Jenkin Street and then along Maxwell Street to head further east to the school and Hale and Livingston Street. That has significantly increased traffic in that dog leg, and there is no 40kmh school zone in Maxwell Street, but there is in Scott and Hale streets.

One of the problems along Hampton Road is motorists speeding and overtaking in the bus lane, and exiting Scott Street always has been dicey because one can hardly see around the corner.

Pedestrian traffic lights are probably the best solution, but Mainroads will no doubt be reluctant to install them along a major road.

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