The City of Fremantle Strategy and Project Committee last night debated the Greater Fremantle Parking Plan 2020.
According to the agenda the plan will provide a city wide car parking plan to enable the City to move past a predict and provide supply approach to parking to an efficiency and management approach.
The plan will focus on enabling the progressive implementation of major new carparks to the periphery of the city core along with providing analysis of current on and off street parking provision and understanding of potential future parking needs within the greater city area.
The Greater Fremantle parking plan is structured using a staged approach, each with individual engagement approaches and individual outputs.
Parking in Fremantle is a constant community issue with the perception that there are not enough parking spaces in Fremantle and that parking is too expensive. Statistics show clearly that this perception is wrong and that especially multi-storey carparks have a lot of vacant spaces on weekdays. There is also first one-hour free parking for all and free parking Freo residents with permits until 11 am and from 3 pm.
In its desperation to revive the retail economy the City of Subiaco has just introduced three-hour free parking in one of its carparks and maybe that is something the City of Fremantle could look at for the Queensgate carpark for the first days of the week to attract more shoppers.
The City of Fremantle, as the first local council in Western Australia, has started to instal Armadillos to make bicycle travel safer in the city. The Armadillos are made out of recycled material and discourage motorists from driving too far too the left and intrude into the bike paths. The devices have a similar impact as those on country roads that warn drivers through noise and movement that they are too close to the edge, or heaven forbid fell asleep.
From my own observations in Freo far too many drivers drive on or over the left white line and would wipe out cyclists if they happen to be on the road, so the Armadillos are a very welcome sign and the name sounds like a yummy drink.
At present only a small section of Parry Road at Fremantle Oval has got the Armadillos, but I believe they have far more impact than just the green painted bicycle lanes, so hopefully we will see many more in Freo soon, and less accidents as a result of them.