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CONTROVERSIAL FREO TRAFFIC CALMING

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, TRAFFIC by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The new speed humps along Ord Street in Fremantle are already receiving criticism on social media with people claiming they have created traffic jams during peak hours.

Speed humps were installed between Queen Victoria Street and High Street to deter trucks going to Fremantle Port from using the suburban road and use Stock Road instead. Time will tell if the humps have any effect on it at all.

Four new speed humps were also installed in Wray Avenue, so there are now six in total in that short stretch, and more speed humps are planned along South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road to create traffic calming local residents and businesses have asked for, to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

I am not a big fan of speed humps but can see the need for them in some streets. We need to deal with the reality that most people want to drive their car and no matter how hard governments try to change our attitude, riding bicycles and using public transport will remain only a second option for the majority of people.

Those who claim on social media that this is just another example of Fremantle Council wanting to ban cars should inform themselves better as this has been a lengthy process and not just a mad loony thought bubble.

It is insulting to the diligent City of Fremantle officers to claim no thought has been put into this. The fact is that this all need to be approved by Mainroads and they don’t like change or slowing down traffic much.

The South Fremantle traffic calming comes on demand from local people and has been through a long community consultation process for over a year. I have personally attended three South Fremantle Precinct meetings with City officers.

Roel Loopers

WRAY AVENUE CLOSURE

Posted in city of fremantle, TRAFFIC, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

 

Wray Avenue in Fremantle will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, June 19 and 20, so avoid the area and don’t get caught in traffic jams.

Roel Loopers

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TRAFFIC CALMING NOT THAT SIMPLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, TRAFFIC, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2017

 

I thought at the South Fremantle Precinct meeting at The Local last night how frustrating it sometimes must be to be a City of Fremantle officer and Councillor.

Three CoF officers were invited to talk about the process on the traffic calming of South Terrace and Councillor Andrew Sullivan also attended.

Questions were again raised that had already been addressed at previous community meetings and the process is about two third underway, but I don’t blame anyone for that, as it is often the case that those who attend the first meeting(s) don’t come again, while other do. It is great to see a crowd of around 60 people at a precinct meeting because community involvement is essential for the officers and elected members to make the right decisions.

Underground power is planned but who is going to pay for it. Normally it is around one third Western Power, one third City and one third paid by property owners, but the latter are very reluctant to hand over cash.

Five speed reduction platform nodes were suggested at Douro Road, South Street, Lefroy Road and Charles and Silver streets, but one resident suggested some should be put where there is already more activity such as near Abhi’s and Manna’s.

Widening footpaths to accommodate more street furniture, dedicated bicycle paths and trees all along are also on the cards.

There were concerns from residents of Marine Terrace that traffic calming along South Terrace would increase traffic in their street but as one officer said we can’t solve all problems at once and if there is a knock-on effect we have to deal with that if it happens.

Another resident pointed out that the two streets are very different with South Terrace having more cafes, restaurants, hotels and heritage buildings and hence traffic calming there made more sense than doing it along Marine Terrace.

Illegal parking makes it very difficult and dangerous for local residents to pull out of side streets onto South Terrace and parking officers should try to be more attentive to that problem.

From my own experience driving down South Terrace many times a week is that where there are activity notes motorists will slow down at Abhi’s, the Local Hotel, Lefroy Road and near the South Beach Hotel hospitality hub.

That is also happening in Wray Avenue were traffic slows down near Frank’s and Gallati’s because cars are pulling out, car doors are opened and pedestrians cross.

One of the basic facts of life is that one cannot please everyone and every change will have an impact on different areas, unless we all stop driving cars and hop on public transport or bikes.

Roel Loopers

 

SCOTT STREET INTERSECTION SAFER

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 10, 2017

 

It is good to finally see the intersection of Scott Street and Hampton Road in South Fremantle being made safer but it is a real worry that there are no signs warning motorists of the changes.

I noticed cars wanting to turn right into Scott coming from the south and it will just be a matter of time where someone will end up on the new traffic island.

Roel Loopers

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VISUAL POLLUTION A PAIN IN THE EYE

Posted in fremantle, pedestrians, TRAFFIC by freoview on February 25, 2017

 

One of my true pet hates is visual pollution. There are signs just about everywhere and they look bloody awful.

There are signs making us aware of other signs ahead of us, and signs for retailers in such abundance that no one notices them any more, so they become useless, a bit like high-visibility clothing in mining towns. Everyone wears them, so they are no longer noticed.

There are eleven signs at the Cappuccino Strip to promote businesses in the Piazza for example, all next to each other.

Does this little support to cross the road near the Heirloom apartments really need two signs stating Refuge Island? I don’t think so!

If motorists don’t notice the pedestrian island they should not be allowed to drive a car.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL PARKING ISSUES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 31, 2017

It no longer comes as a surprise to me that City of Fremantle officers recommend approval for a 185 sqm restaurant and 285 sqm climbing wall for the Naval Store at Cantonment Hill as part of the long-term lease to the ENKEL collective.

More and more we see the non-approvable being recommended for approval by CoF officers and that is disappointing. It is a worry because Councillors take serious notice of the expert advise of the officers, even when common sense appears to be lacking in some recommendations to the elected members.

The ENKEL item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Planning Committee but will be decided by the Western Australian Planning Committee.

City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.

Officers say the lack of parking is made up for by the car park at the East Street jetty on Beach Street, but that would require people to walk up the hill and cross four lanes of the very busy Canning Highway at a dangerous intersection at a bend in the road. How many parents will risk this with their children to get to the climbing wall, and how many elderly people would dare to take the risk to get to the restaurant?

Parking and access is going to be one of the main issues with the Cantonment Hill development because activation will mean traffic concerns for local people and safety concerns for visitors because of the awkward location of the site.

It might have been better to create a car park with trees on the site proposed for a children’s playground just east of the hill, because it is unrealistic to assume that most people will visit the site by bike or on foot. Most will come by car and that has has not been catered for.

Bad call, officers!

Roel Loopers

 

SUBTLE FREO ROAD SIGNS

Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on November 19, 2016

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Cute subtle shared road signs in Wesley Street, South Fremantle.

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FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE STRENGTHENING

Posted in freight, fremantle, TRAFFIC, trains by freoview on October 25, 2016

The WA government is spending another $ 3 million on strengthening the Fremantle traffic bridge after it completed the fender system upgrade earlier this year.

Advanteering Civil Engineers has the contract to use specialist divers to repair and strengthen the 100 pilons under water. The work should be completed by May next year.

Roel Loopers

NEW PIAZZA FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, tourism, TRAFFIC by freoview on October 4, 2016

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Work on the Little Market Street Piazza behind the Dome and Gino’s will start soon in Fremantle and through traffic from Collie and Nairn streets to the Cappuccino Strip is now no longer an option.

New seats and trees will be installed in the next weeks, weather permitting, so enjoy Freo’s tiny new square.

Roel Loopers

 

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CLASH OF BEACY AND SOUTH FREO EVENTS TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, TRAFFIC, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

There are two interesting events on this evening, sadly both at the same time, so it requires a choice on which one to attend.

At the Hilton Bowling Club the four candidates for the Beaconsfield Ward by-election will be grilled by the community on what their ideas and hopes for Fremantle are. It starts at 7 pm and is free. The postal election will be on September 16.

Also on at 7 pm at the Local Hotel  are the City of Fremantle’s proposed solutions for traffic calming and beautification of South Terrace between Douro Road and South Street, so a very important presentation for local South Freo people and those of us who frequent the area often. The event is free, bar is open and meals for sale.

Roel Loopers

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