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DANGEROUS ONE WAY IN WEST END

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle needs to do something about the intersection of Cliff and Phillimore streets because it is dangerous to drive there, due to motorists ignoring the One Way that leads to Fleet Street and Victoria Quay.

I drive through that intersection on average three times a day and do have a near miss at least twice a week, when a car comes at me against the one way direction. I had one incident yesterday and one on Sunday.

When one turns left out of Cliff Street and has to watch oncoming traffic and traffic from the right one does not look for traffic coming against the one way.

People who park their car near the old Weighbridge often also turn left against the one way when the leave , so the risk of head-on collisions is great.

 

Roel Loopers

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CALMING COMMUNITY INPUT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2017

 

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A reminder that there will be a City of Fremantle community session this evening at the Meeting Place about traffic calming in South Fremantle along South Terrace, and about the intersection of Scott Street and Hampton Road.

It is from 5.30-6.30 pm, so come along and have your say.

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CALMING INFO SESSION

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

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There have been a lot of negative  comments about the temporary speedhumps between South Street and Douro Road along South Terrace in South Fremantle by those who did not attend any of the community consultation sessions the precinct had organised.

So everyone in South Freo should take note that there is an information session by the City of Fremantle on Thursday November 2 at 5.30 pm at the Meeting Place. 

We want to create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life. Following previous community engagement in 2016, we have prepared a concept plan that involves five key components:

  1. Reduce the width of the road to make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down in this section.
  2. Replace the temporary speed bumps with a raised platform to slow drivers down.
  3. Surface the road with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  4. Widen the footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area and add new paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.
  5. Increase the amount of alfresco space.

The info evening also includes the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street that was recently changed.

Roel Loopers

JDAP REFUSES FREO SIGN MADNESS

Posted in advertising, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

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The WA Joint Development Assessment Panel has refused the application for a large video advertising sign at 116 Wray Avenue, corner Hampton Road in Fremantle with a 3-2 vote.

The City of Fremantle had already refused the application because it does not comply with the discretionary height provisions under the planning scheme, does not meet Fremantle’s planning policy for advertising, and the location of the sign is deemed to be a risk to road safety.

I personally am very annoyed about visual pollution and signs all over the place. There are A-signs everywhere in the CBD, and the election campaign signs are making Fremantle look like a cheap car yard.

Motorists get constantly distracted by signage and flashing video screens have no place along busy roads, I believe.

It is a worry though the JDAP vote was so close, so we can only hope that the applicants won’t try to force it through at the State Administrative Tribunal.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

40 SPEED LIMIT FOR WRAY AVENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

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It took a year for the City of Fremantle to get the go ahead from Mainroads Department to lower the speed in Wray Avenue to 40 kilometres per hour, but it has finally be improved.

The local community had asked for a reduction in traffic speed as the Wray Ave hub is very popular for its cafes and shopping, and frequented by students and parents of the Fremantle Primary School, and by staff and visitors of Fremantle Hospital.

So next time you drive through Wray Avenue, slow down!

 

Roel Loopers

USELESS CUTE ESPLANADE SIGNS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 3, 2017

 

 

 

I am sorry to do this to you City of Fremantle administration, but how can you get it so wrong?!

The new road sharing signs painted along Marine Terrace at the Esplanade are totally useless. This is a good concept with a lamentable and laughable execution.

It is a cutesy gimmick that does not work because the signs are barely visible from a moving car. The dimensions and colours are all wrong.

They are good signs for pedestrians but wrong and ineffective for motorists, because one has to be almost on top of them to see them properly.

Signs painted on roads need to have a longer vertical image because of the perspective, as they do on footy grounds where they paint distorted signs on the turf so that they are very visible from the camera angles. Surely CoF officers and designers should know these things.

Here some of the info Fremantle City put out to the public about the signs:

As part of creating a more welcoming and safer urban environment in the Fremantle city centre for all transport modes, the City is trialling the use of ‘fun’ transport symbols in key areas of activity on roads or paths.

To trial this concept, we are installing five clusters of symbols (a car, a bicycle and a heart) on Marine Terrace parallel to Esplanade Park. 

This section of Marine Terrace is a key link for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians moving between the city centre, Esplanade Park, the Fremantle Youth Plaza, Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach.

The symbols will be located before key pinch points on this stretch of road and before the speed reduction platforms near the intersections of Marine Terrace with Essex Street and Collie Street.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO BETTER

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

I have been contemplating this since Wednesday’s Fremantle Council meeting, as I simply cannot understand the reasoning behind the residents parking permit yoyo process, that reeks of incompetence.

I reacted very negatively when I first read that the City of Fremantle wanted to change the residents free permit parking from on-street to off-street only, and the next thing that happens is that it is all reversed and we are now back to on-street parking, with a few minor adjustments.

For me that is proof of a thought-bubble gone all wrong, where officers did not do their homework and considered all the consequences. Only when there was a community outcry they changed their mind and went back to the past.

The only changes we will see from September on is that residents with the appropriate permit can now also park for free in street bays on Saturdays before 11am and after 3 pm. There is no free Saturday parking at present.

The negative is that all day free Sunday parking now also has been restricted to the before 11am and after 3pm times. That is not good as there are shops that only open at 10am on Sundays and close at 4pm. Sunday lunch with free parking in the CBD is now also out for Fremantle residents.

Then we had the speedhump shambles, where too many speedhumps were installed along three streets, and some were too high. At no doubt considerable cost speedhumps were then removed again and others flattened.

I am sorry to say this but these are mediocre performances by the responsible officers, which the CEO needs to jump on as these mistakes cost a lot of money.

Questions need to be asked why too many speedhumps were installed in the first place and who gave the go ahead for them, and questions need to be asked why the consequences of changes to residents parking were not considered before the item went to council.

The other thing I do not understand is why on-street and off-street parking is not going to be introduced for a trial period of one year, so that the officers can properly evaluate what the financial consequences would be, and how many motorists would prefer off-street parking over on-street parking. This cannot be tested without actually implementing it!

It’s been a disappointing few weeks by the City of Fremantle administration. Our Councillors need to start asking a few hard questions, because the community will blame them.

Let me ask these questions:

  • How much did the installation of speedhumps in South Terrace, Ord Street and Wray Avenue cost, including cost for traffic management staff and electronic signs?
  • How much did it cost to remove some of these speedhumps and modify others, including cost for traffic management and electronic signs?

 

Roel Loopers

DOWN DOWN SPEEDHUMPS ARE DOWN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

A little relief for all those who complained about the new speedhumps in Fremantle.

Ten humps were removed from South Terrace, four from Ord Street and two from Wray Avenue, so it is a bit more comfy to drive along those streets.

Speedhumps are unfortunately a necessary evil, as too many motorists ignore road rules and show little consideration for cyclists and pedestrians.

If motorists behaved more maturely and responsibly we might one day live in a world without the ugly traffic calming devices.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY TO ADJUST SPEEDHUMPS

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2017

Although the recently installed speedhumps in Fremantle were installed after extensive community consultation and City of Fremantle liaison with the WA Mainroads Department, some adjustments will be made after members of the community objected to the number of traffic calming devices and the height of some.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt just announced the adjustments that will be made immediately:

Ord Street, Fremantle

At Ord Street the intention of the traffic calming was to improve pedestrian safety at crossing points for the Arts Centre patrons and High School students and also to deter container trucks and heavy vehicles to the Fremantle Port using Hampton Road as a short-cut.

After receiving community feedback, the  City has reassessed the installation and has arranged for the angle of the speed humps to be softened and also two of the central sets of speed humps (not directly associated with the pedestrian crossings) to be removed.

Wray Avenue, Fremantle

At Wray Avenue, the idea was to slow traffic as this was a major cycle route and the original design included treatment at five locations. Unfortunately while this was reduced following community consultation the original design was installed in error. As a result two of the speed humps will now be removed but there will be enough to keep speeds down we believe.

South Terrace, South Fremantle

South Terrace has been subject to traffic, road and streetscape improvement discussions for some time, with local residents and business owners keen to see progress in the area.

The City has commenced a program of works to start improving the road environment. The current batch of speed bumps were installed as SHORT TERM TREATMENT to calm traffic and assist in the creation of a target 40km/hr speed environment. This initial phase is in preparation for a series of permanent raised pedestrian platforms at key intersections along South Terrace.

The first of these platforms is being planned for installation at the intersection of Little Lefroy & South Terrace within this financial year. As you may be aware this was a key point where the community wanted to see traffic slowed and crossing made safer.

The City accepts there now are too many speed bumps along South Tce and some aren’t at a key nodes as envisaged. So in response to community feedback will reduce the number of these temporary speed bumps from 15 locations to 10 locations. The removal of speed humps at five locations has been planned to try and ensure the intent of the traffic calming and slowing along South Tce remains.

Officers will also address the effectiveness of the treatments by adjusting the width of coverage to reduce the incidence of motorists swerving to avoid the speed humps.

 

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CITY ADMITS SPEEDHUMP OVERKILL

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 30, 2017

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Some of the 30 recently installed speedhumps along South Terrace in South Fremantle will be removed as the City of Fremantle fast recognised that it is overkill and has a negative impact on traffic, with some motorists doing slaloms around the humps, which makes it dangerous.

One speedhump in Wray Avenue will also be removed as the contractor created one more than they were instructed to do.

The negativity about it all is very annoying though.

As so often happens there are people in the community who claim they were not consulted on council issues in their neighbourhood. People against the speedhumps in South Fremantle now question the number of the residents who participated in the South Fremantle Precinct community meetings with City of Fremantle officers.

What they are suggesting is that because on average around 75 people per meeting attended the meetings at The Local hotel over a one year period they are not representative of the South Fremantle community.

If we take this further Fremantle Council also does not have a mandate because just under 30% of eligible people bother to vote at the local government elections.

What those who are now protesting loudly, after the horse has bolted, are saying is that the people who are willing to inform themselves and take the time to participate in the democratic process are less relevant than those who can’t be bothered to take an active interest in their community.

Do people really believe it is practical to door knock every resident before local governments make decisions, or that there should be on-line surveys rather than face to face communication between CoF officers and the affected communities?

One needs to question also if an on-line survey would reach 100% of affected people and how many of them would bother to participate, because community apathy is a curse for local government.

If people want to make a positive contribution to Fremantle they have to make an effort to inform themselves and not wait till it is served on a plate to them. Individuals have to combat their own ignorance about council matters and participate, rather than making uniformed comments from the sideline.

It is very important to share our ideas and concerns and find solutions together. Respectful dialogue between council officers, the community and elected members is a great way forward that we all can work on.

No one can be blamed for people not taking the time to inform themselves. They can only blame themselves.

Roel Loopers

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