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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

FREO RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

Ride to work Oct 18

 

Tomorrow, Wednesday October 18 is RIDE TO WORK DAY, so come and enjoy free breakfast at Fremantle’s Pioneer Park, opposite the Railway Station, between 7 am and 9am.

Everyone is welcome, so let’s hope the weather will improve.

 

Roel Loopers

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ABOUT FREO PARKING AND RATES

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

During the Fremantle local election campaign I often get asked about parking and Notre Dame University not paying rates, so I want to share my thoughts on that with you.

I have stated for many years that Fremantle has a perceived parking problem, as there is ample parking in the inner city. The one ‘problem’ Freo has is that street parking is not always available close to where one wants to go, and on weekdays that is often due to Notre Dame students occupying the bays in the West End all day.

Especially on weekdays the multi-storey carparks at Point, Collie and Henderson streets have plenty of vacant car bays, and so do the car parks along Mews Road, west of the railway line, and at Victoria Quay and Beach Street.

I do not believe that broadly supplying more free parking would help our traders and visitors, as uni students would just take them.

We also need to consider that parking fees and fines are a major revenue source for the City of Fremantle, so how would we make up for that financial loss? Reducing services would not be welcomed by ratepayers and residents.

Staying with rates. Like all educational institutions in Australia Notre Dame University is not required to pay council rates, and neither do churches and Fremantle Port.

Notre Dame is a great asset to Fremantle and I am a big supporter of the university. It brings over 7,000 people daily to Fremantle, and West End cafes would not be there without them.

Freo City signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Notre Dame every two years and the uni is required to spend an agreed amount of money on activation events.

UNDA is working on installing street activation nodes at the moment, and is also planning a heritage wall at the back of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street.

In an ideal world a small city like Fremantle should receive rates from each and every property owner in our city, but they have no power to enforce that.

 

Roel Loopers

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LIVE STREAMING OF FREO COUNCIL MEETINGS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Fremantle Council is considering live-streaming council and committee meetings to create more transparency and for the public to better understand local government process.

Looking at the lack of interest in local government I doubt that many people would watch council meetings on their computer or smartphone, but anything that will minimise community ignorance is good, because it is astounding how little Fremantle residents know about what goes on in our city.

At the second last council meeting before the election last night not even the candidates bothered to turn up and get a better understanding of what could be their future place of work.

There is quite clearly a lack of proper communication with the community when most people in South Fremantle and beyond are not aware that the rubber speedhumps in South Terrace are just temporary and that they will be replaced with permanent traffic calming raised platforms, and that street furniture and new trees will give the area a more residential appearance.

When only a small percentage of residents have applied for a parking permit that allows them to park for free twenty hours per day, that has been available for over ten years, that shows that the information does not get through to the people, hence they complain about perceived parking problems.

The Fremantle Festival parade is scratched because of lack of interest from the community, and not many people turn up any more to watch the Blessing of the Fleet, that used to be a big draw card, simply because they do not know it is on. Even at ANZAC Day there are fewer people watching than in previous years, so what needs to be done?

Having a massive decline in spectators does affect our local traders, so let’s start with the basics, improve communication, and get the message out there that Freo is alive and well.

Live streaming might interest only a few but it is worth consideration. It is important though that the privacy of public speakers is protected so that they don’t attract social media bullies.

Roel Loopers

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IT’S ALL ABOUT POPULATION FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

There were calls at the South Fremantle election forum last night, and we have heard them before, that Fremantle should be like Copenhagen or Amsterdam when planning the future of transport, and that lightrail is a top priority for our city, but is this realistic?

Fremantle is not a European city, but a small port city on the west coast of Australia with a population of just 30,000. It would be considered a country town in Europe. Copenhagen had 583,525 residents and Amsterdam had 821,752 in 2015, so that is a significant and very important difference, because it is all about population numbers.

Shared streets are popular and safe in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, etc. because of the sheer numbers. When you are in your car at a traffic light behind 200 cyclists there is no way that you are going to consider to sneak passed them. You just stay behind until they turn left or right, or onto a bicycle lane. It’s safety in numbers!

In Fremantle probably fewer than 100 cyclists a day ride through the Cappuccino Strip, and mostly on their own and not in numbers, so some idiot drivers will try to sneak by them, careful not to scratch their car on the planter boxes, so they are dangerously close to cyclists.

Lightrail is not a financially viable option in a city of just 30,000, so we need drastic population growth before the state government or private investors would consider it. It is at least 15-20 years away, like the outer harbour, no matter how often we dream about it.

But why the obsession with European cities anyway? Fremantle is a very unique small city that needs to be nurtured and be allowed to organically grow. It needs sensible and sensitive medium-density infill and strongly improve residential, commercial and visitors’ numbers to help boost our economy, but we’ll never be a huge city like the European cities, and I like that.

European cities have slowly grown, layer upon layer for many centuries and Freo is still relatively young at 188 years old in that regard. Fremantle’s population has only grown slightly from 20,444 residents in 1901 to just 30,000 in 2017, so fewer than 10,000 people in 116 years. And Aboriginal people were not counted in 1901!

Why do some people want to change Freo into a city with a European character, when it is a pretty comfortable place that just needs good adjustments, more eye to detail and a lot of TLC?

Fremantle is a tree that already has strong roots, but that needs some healthy fertiliser in the form of good development, population growth and strategic planning, and some of that has to come from state and federal governments.

We need to lose the inferiority complex and be proud of Freo. We should stop believing it needs to change to a more European model, because we are very different, with a very different climate and outdoor lifestyle, and not anywhere near as hectic as the big European cities are, and our population numbers do not stack up to compare Freo with Copenhagen or Amsterdam.

It is telling that Sirona Capital gets it! They have come to the conclusion that Fremantle is like no other place and that it needs an all new and exciting very Freo retail concept at Kings Square. FOMO does not exist anywhere else in the world and will help Freo’s reputation of having a unique character and lifestyle, and we can build on that.

Let’s assist in Freo’s growth by collaborating better. If we all take ownership of our city we can create something together for future generations that we can be very proud off!

 

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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

 

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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. ; >)

 

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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

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