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40 SPEED LIMIT FOR WRAY AVENUE

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

 

Wray Ave speed limit

 

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

NEW CAR PARK IN FREO INNER CITY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017

 

Fences have gone up around the Stan Reilly Centre, next to the Fremantle Oval, for the construction of a new 155-bay new public car park.

The heritage wall along South Terrace will be retained, and 21 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with 45 native trees once the car park is complete. It is estimated that the car park will open in January next year.

The new parking bays will be an addition to the 5,000 bays in the city centre. Early next year the vacant site next to the Point Street car park will also be converted into a public car park, until the commencement of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel there is about two years.

I have no doubt that traders and the public will welcome new car parking in the inner city, but have concerns about traffic flow on weekends, where we might experience traffic jams on Parry Street for traffic going west and south and on South Terrace for traffic going South, but time will tell how well the City of Fremantle will manage that.

 

Roel Loopers

SPEEDJUMPS BEAT SPEEDHUMPS ANY TIME

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2017

 

speedjump

 

I am not known for mincing my words, or diplomacy, so let me say it out loud and clear. I have had a few very disappointing shit days lately.

Best then to finish today with a funny photo.

Fremantle Ports is well ahead of the City of Fremantle. We only get boring speedhumps in our city, but down at the port they offer speedjumps for pedestrians. It’s a kind of rollercoaster on foot. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

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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

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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STOP FREE PARKING FOR FREO CITY STAFF

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017

 

Now that the City of Fremantle has sold the Queensgate carpark to Sirona Capital I wonder if they will continue with the expensive incentive of free staff parking for hundreds of employees.

There would have been substantial loss in parking revenue from Queensgate, but now the City will have to pay for parking and that would be even more costly.

I understand that during the 30-months construction of the Kings Square Project staff will park at the Beach Street carpark, but what will happen once the new Civic Centre is completed?

It seems very inconsistent with Fremantle Council’s desire to reduce car traffic in the inner city when it rewards hundreds of staff to drive to work, although Kings Square is just minutes away from public transport.

Isn’t it time the City of Fremantle stopped encouraging staff to drive to work?

Roel Loopers

 

CITY ADMITS SPEEDHUMP OVERKILL

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

speed 1

 

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

FUTURISTIC TESLA IN FREO

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 29, 2017

Tesla

 

Steve Grant of Fremantle Herald fame was doing a photo shoot in front of Chalkys cafe in Freo’s West End this morning when I had my coffee there, so I had to take a photo of the new TESLA electric car that was being test driven by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Councillor Jon Strachan and ABC TV garden guru Josh Byrne.

When the doors are opened it looks rather futuristic. I am worried though about all the stuff falling out of the side pockets every time one opens the doors. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LIGHTRAIL NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017

 

How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

Roel Loopers

 

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