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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.

Roel Loopers

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

RIVERSIDE UPGRADE IN EAST FREO

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

 

The Town of East Fremantle will be doing road upgrades along Riverside Drive, starting mid March, so be aware that traffic delays might occur.

Residents are advised that this project will upgrade approximately 1.5km of Riverside Road from East Street to the Leeuwin (No 1) Carpark. Works will entail:

  • stabilisation and resurfacing of the road pavement
  • upgrading of the kerbing, plantings and traffic management treatments along the route
  • reclaiming approximately 2000m² of riverside/foreshore land for use as public open space

View a copy of the final plans

  • 2/3 of the project funding has been provided by Main Roads WA (MRWA)
  • New intersection works to improve safety and facilitate improved traffic flows at the intersection of Pier Street
  • Riverside Road will be rezoned to 40kph to create a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and road users
  • This project will provide appropriately selected street trees and enhance the riverside landscaping
  • The existing road pavement will be reused via foam bitumen stabilisation, which has a minimum design life of 40-years
  • Foam bitumen stabilisation reuses the existing pavement material, eliminating the need for virgin quarry products and reducing the transportation and haulage of carting new materials
  • Foam bitumen stabilisation has a rapid construction period, and will take approximately 7 days to stabilise the full road.  Additional time will be required for other ancillary works.
  • Riverside Road will remain accessible throughout the construction period
  • Asphalt surfacing will be undertaken using polymer modified asphalt where the polymer is specified as TonerPlas
  • TonerPlas uses recycled toners, soft plastics and recycled glass to create a fatigue resistant road surface.  Paving Riverside Road with TonerPlas will use approximately:
    • 800,000 reclaimed plastic bag equivalents
    • 252,000 glass bottle (stubby) equivalents
    • Unused toner from 1900 printer cartridges
    • 20% reclaimed asphalt pavement

Please direct any enquiries to the Town of East Fremantle via phone (08) 9339 9339 or email admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au

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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

NOT ALL CYCLISTS WANT THE SAME

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, city planning, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2020

 

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Fremantle Council wants Freo to become more bicycle friendly and discourage the use of cars, but when planning new cycle lanes it is important to realise that not all cyclists have the same needs and that city planners need to differentiate, as the Netherlands have been doing for centuries.

Roel Loopers

FREO POLICE IGNORES ROAD RULES

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2020

 

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A big shout out out the WA Police officers in the paddy wagon that drove against the one way traffic in Fremantle’s William Street at 12.10pm today and turned right against the traffic into one way Adelaide Street.

They did not have flashing lights or sirens on and drove at a leisurely speed. I followed them on foot to see which kind of priority call they attended but lost sight of them when they turned right into Queen Street, on the footpath behind the St John’s church.

Even if it had been a priority one call they would have been better to turn right from William into Henderson and then left into Queen street, because even with sirens on it is more likely that one gets stuck in a one way street when one drives in the wrong direction.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HIGH STREET UPGRADE STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, state government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2020

 

High Street

 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Fremantle HIGH STREET UPGRADE project this morning with Premier Mark McGowan, the Member for Fremantle, Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, and Mainroads officials, but no one though about inviting this Freo blogger, so all I can show is this latest plan.

There will no doubt be traffic disruptions when the work starts in a few weeks from now, so I will try to keep you up to date, but that will depend a lot on receiving the relevant information.

Roel Loopers

 

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE WORKSHOP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

You are invited Pipes for Fremantle 2020 Workshop

LOW SPEED HIGH STREET FREIGHT PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

The High Street Upgrade Project by Mainroads is going extremely slow.  I hear roadworks won’t be starting before February next year, so one has to wonder what is holding it up.

The City of Fremantle demolished the houses and FERN two months ago, so why is this important freight project not a priority for the State Government and a project that has to advance as fast as possible?

The proposed large roundabout at the Stirling Highway and High Street intersection is designed to allow trucks to go faster and to help speed up the freight trip to Fremantle Port, so why there is a five-month pause in the construction of it is questionable.

Roel Loopers

 

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TRAFFIC CALMING NOT ONLY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

traffic calming

 

I noticed this photo on the internet and wanted to share it with those in our community who believe that the road painting and traffic calming along South Terrace and Wray Avenue are just a mad brain snap by a left loony fringe Fremantle Council.

This road art is in Memphis in the USA.

There is also still the road art in Mouat Street that was painted for the first Fremantle Biennale. That stretch of road should be converted into a shared road with lower speed limit and a more pedestrian friendly environment for Notre Dame University students.

I wished we had more colour in our cities, also on large developments.

Roel Loopers

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