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FREMANTLE CYCLIST SURVEY

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is asking cyclists about their experiences riding around Freo as part of a review of the City’s bike plan.

The City of Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan was adopted in 2014 with the goal of doubling the number of bike trips in Fremantle by 2018 by providing better cycling infrastructure, reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging more people to ride a bike.

Since 2013 the City of Fremantle has installed 2.3km of on-road bike lanes and 1km of new bike paths, upgraded six key intersections with bike head-start facilities and rolled out Bicycle Awareness Zones over 6km of local and city centre roads.

The City has also upgraded more than 2km of path along popular coastal routes, installed more than 160 bike parking bays and added green bike lane treatments at intersections along four major roads.

Cyclists can provide their feedback on Fremantle bike network by completing a survey on the City’s My Say Freo website.

They can also map their regular routes and good bike spaces, highlight problem areas and share ideas on an interactive map.

The survey is open until 9 October, with a new bike plan expected to be presented to the council for endorsement early next year.

For more information visit the Bike Plan Review on My Say Freo.

FREMANTLE BUDGETS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

The City of Fremantle budget for 2018-19 includes a $2.5 million program to improve and maintain roads. Major resurfacing works have been scheduled for sections along Hampton Road, Rockingham Road, Lefroy Road, Marine Terrace and High Street.

There will also be works to improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians along Stirling Highway, Marine Terrace and McCabe Street.

All of the road millings that are dug up as part of the resurfacing program will be collected and re-used in other city projects, like the upgraded Recycling Centre and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark.

By using recycled materials the City does not have to buy new limestone road base and does not have to pay to dispose of the stripped road material in landfill, so it delivers a significant saving.

The upgrade of a second section of South Terrace in South Fremantle is also included in the budget, with work on the first ‘node’ at the intersections of South Terrace, Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street beginning later this month.

The location of a second ‘node’ is still to be confirmed subject to more community feedback. It involves reducing the width of the road, changing the colour of the road surface and widening the footpath, as well as adding new paving, street furniture and trees.

The changes will encourage drivers to slow down, make it safer for people to cross the street and will increase the amount of alfresco space.The works are designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will also allow the removal of the much debated and disliked temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

Interesting to note that the budget also includes $25,000 to develop a concept plan to create a new town square in front of the Fremantle Railway Station and upgrade Queen Street

A new town square and the relocation of the bus port has been debated for very many years but the reluctance of the Public Transport Authority to move the bus port further east means the idea has had a few plans drawn up but was never realised. Why there is need for yet another costly concept plan I do not understand. I won’t hold my breath that we will see any changes there soon.

Roel Loopers

HEAVY RAIN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, roundhouse, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 27, 2018

 

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There has been a lot of rain in Fremantle since yesterday early evening, with some very heavy showers.

The foot and bicycle path near the Roundhouse always gets flooded, and that also effects the  busy railway crossing to the historic tourist destination, so something the City of Fremantle should improve, as it is not great to walk through deep puddles whenever there are showers.

Roel Loopers

PS: My car was parked at the Elizabeth’s bookshop warehouse when I took the top photo.

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NEW PUBLIC DEBATE ON ROE 8

 

 

The announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan about the Fremantle High Street upgrade has resurrected the debate about the canceled Perth Freight Link and Roe 8 highway.

There have been quite a few letters in the West Australian in support of Roe 8 and the PFL and there was an opinion piece by Liza Harvey MLA, who was the deputy premier of the previous government under Colin Barnett.

It is very intriguing to note that Liza Harvey now suddenly writes there would be other options for the McGowan government to consider than going through the Beeliar wetlands. If that is the case, why did the former Liberal/National state government not consider those options but instead, and in spite, decided to start the demolition of the wetlands, although all the indications were that they would be kicked out of government. Liza Harvey’s hypocrisy is unbelievable.

Fact is also that the Perth Freight Link was not exclusively for freight and trucks, as some letter writers claim and that it actually did not go to Fremantle Port but finished at Stirling Highway. A part solution really was no solution. Ask North Freo residents!

The new plans are not ideal either as they don’t address pedestrian crossing adequately and while I do like roundabouts I don’t like that so many Perth motorists don’t seem to know how to use them, so that could become a problem.

Freight trucks have overturned in the past at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway because of taking the corner at excessive speed, a roundabout won’t fix that problem either.

A new outer harbour is still a very long way away and freight to the port will no doubt increase, so when is the state government going to address more freight by rail?

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE FINALLY-MAYBE.

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2018

 

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Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a proposal for the widening of High Street, between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street, to improve safety and address peak hour congestion in the area.

The draft concept plans, which will now be taken to the community for feedback, include a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection; a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees; and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it appeared the message provided by the public that previous models were overly intrusive and expensive had been heard.

“Our community wants to see reduced noise and pollution, and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as those living along High Street and users of the nearby Frank Gibson Park netball courts.

“We are also keen to ensure the upgrade provides a suitable sense of ‘arrival’ and welcome at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.”

Mayor Pettitt said the City would play a partnership role with the State Government and Main Roads to ensure local stakeholders including members and officials of the nearby Fremantle Public Golf Course, High Street residents and the broader community were consulted closely during the process to develop and finalise the upgrade design.

COMMENT:

This is promising news but it is disappointing that the WA Government Media department still has not reached the 2000s and acknowledges the importance of blogs such as Freo’s View.

I have often and in detail reported about all the plans by the former government and the news that suddenly the High Street upgrade was scrapped for a tunnel to nowhere.

Neither the Premier’s media people, nor those of our local representatives Josh Wilson MP and  Minister Simone McGurk, or the City of Fremantle flak catchers bothered to inform me. I need an emoji with a one finger salute! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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TRAFFIC CALMING IS COMMUNITY WISH

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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Social media is an interesting indication on how well informed or ill-informed the community is, what they believe in, what they are passionate about, and how some people just want to use social media to release anger and negativity.

The recently installed speedhumps in Fremantle are getting a lot of feedback on Facebook, with some people saying they don’t slow down traffic, while others claim they create traffic jams.

People ask why speedhumps instead of lowering the speed limit, but local government can only do that if Mainroads agree to do so, and they did not in these instances.

My own observation, and that is not an opinion, is that vehicles are considerably slowing down in Ord and Ellen streets and Wray Avenue and South Terrace, from doing around 50kph to only 30kph.

I know that my old car will complain and the shockies cry out when I go over a speedhump too fast.

There are also those who believe speedhumps are a unique Fremantle thing and show that Freo Council are lunatics, but speedhumps are used all over Australia and the world to calm traffic and they need to be approved by the WA Mainroads Department.

Traffic calming is mostly implemented after complaints about traffic from local residents and businesses, so Fremantle Council is accommodating those who are affected most by it.

Roel Loopers

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

STIRLING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC OPTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2017

Media release from the office of W.A. Minister Rita Saffioti:

Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

 

ROE 8 -ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Posted in beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 11, 2017

 

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There is a call for a mass public action against the Roe 8 Highway and Barnett government this Thursday January 12 at the very early hour of 6 am. See details below as supplied by the organisers:

Join us this Thursday at Tait Place, Coolbellup near North Lake Road.
Park on Malvolio Rd and walk along the fence line.
Let’s tell Colin Barnett’s unaccountable government that – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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RIGHT TURN BAN AT SOUTH STREET ALL WRONG

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, TRAFFIC, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2016

The F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this evening debate to apply for Black Spot funding for four locations around Fremantle where accidents frequently occur. That is important but I believe the one for the intersection of South Street and Hampton Road should be reconsidered as it will increase traffic in South Fremantle.

The officers recommend to ban right hand turns onto Hampton Road during peak hour traffic, instead of new right arrow traffic lights to accommodate the flow.

This is not a major problem for west-bound traffic as motorists familiar with the street layout will turn right from South Street into Wray Avenue at Solomon Street and take advantage of the right arrow light at the Hampton Road intersection.

It will however create a bigger problem for east-bound traffic, as those coming along Marine Parade and who turn left into South Street to join Hampton Road will now either continue down Marine Parade or try a right-hand turn into South Terrace, to get onto Hampton Road at the Douro Road intersection.

Douro Road in the late afternoon is already stand-still traffic banking up a long way down Marine Parade often as far as the Sealanes fish shop, and the same applies to South Terrace where traffic jams go as far as Jenkins Street in the afternoon.

Motorists no doubt will also turn right into Attflield Street at South Street and drive to Lefroy Road from where they can turn right onto Hampton Road.

The banning of right turns during peak hours will create serious congestion on other roads and will encourage drivers to use small suburban streets like Attfield Street. This needs a serious rethink as the proposal is not a good solution at all in my opinion.

Roel Loopers

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