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INFLATABLE BIKE HELMET PERFECT FREO CHRISTMAS GIFT

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

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The perfect Freo gift for Christmas must be the inflatable bicycle helmet that does not wreck one’s hair.

I am pretty cynical about laws that forces motorists to have at least one-metre distance from cyclists, to protect their safety, when very many of them don’t care much about their own safety and refuse to wear helmets, and wear dark clothes at night riding unlit bikes.

The onus for cyclists’ safety should not be on motorists only!

Have a safe Christmas on your bike and wear a helmet please!

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH TERRACE CHANGES TOO LITTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 15, 2017

 

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I am surprised about the City of Fremantle hype about the changes to South Terrace in South Fremantle that even made it to prime time TV news yesterday.

Traffic calming between South Street and Douro Road has been on the agenda for a few years and I attended at least four community consultation sessions in the last year and a half.

But the boasted $ 200,000 upgrade only affects a tiny section of the busy road between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, with no indication when permanent traffic calming will be introduced to the long stretch from Sydney Street to Douro Road.

The report states that the hated temporary rubber speed humps will be removed between Little Lefroy and Sydney Street, but does not mention any improvements for the rest of South Tce and if all the ugly speed humps will make place for raised platforms, as had been promised.

While I welcome the piazza-like changes in the northern section of South Tce there needs to be done more to slow down traffic all along that road and make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

One issue with the temporary speed humps has been that many motorists treat them like stop signs and almost stop before they crawl over them. That is a real nuisance because it is perfectly safe to keep a 35-40kmh speed up to accommodate traffic flow at a moderate speed, even in my 25-year-old car.

Roel Loopers

HAMPTON ROAD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

Fremantle Council sent the pedestrian crossing safety issues at the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street back to the drawing board after complaints by members of the community and businesses.

A new median strip had been installed so that traffic heading south along Hampton Road could no longer turn right into Scott Street to the shopping centre, while traffic from Scott Street east could only turn left and south.

This was done to make pedestrian crossing for the students and parents of the Beaconsfield Primary School safer.

As someone who lives there the issues are that traffic coming from the south now needs to turn right into Jenkin Street and then along Maxwell Street to head further east to the school and Hale and Livingston Street. That has significantly increased traffic in that dog leg, and there is no 40kmh school zone in Maxwell Street, but there is in Scott and Hale streets.

One of the problems along Hampton Road is motorists speeding and overtaking in the bus lane, and exiting Scott Street always has been dicey because one can hardly see around the corner.

Pedestrian traffic lights are probably the best solution, but Mainroads will no doubt be reluctant to install them along a major road.

Roel Loopers

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HISTORIC LAST COUNCIL MEETING TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2017

 

It looks like the historic last Ordinary Council meeting in the old Fremantle civic centre could be a very long one this evening.

There are many interesting items on the agenda, where members of the community will want to address Councillors about, so I’ll be in for the long haul.

Here some of the items on the agenda:

  • Annual Financial statement
  • Report on Financial Management Review
  • Proposed tavern at J Shed
  • Local Planning Policy for the Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley town centres
  • Planning policy for taverns and hotels in the CBD
  • Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre future
  • South Terrace traffic calming in South Fremantle
  • Safe Hampton Road crossing at Scott Street

City of Fremantle staff will be moving to Fremantle Oval from Monday December 18 and the next Council meetings will be held in North Fremantle and other location until the new Civic Centre has been built at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH FREO SCOTT STREET TRAFFIC SAFETY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017

 

The controversial changes to the Hampton Road/Scott Street intersection in South Fremantle will come before Fremantle Council this Wednesday.

Community consultation with local residents and businesses conducted by Freo City concluded that:

  • Most people (65%) said they preferred the option proposing to move the school crossing 50 metres south of its current location, reinstate access for vehicles turning right into Scott Street from Hampton Road and move the bus stop a few metres north (Option 1).
  • The most common reasons for preferring option 1 were less congestion at the intersection of Hampton and Lloyd Streets, eliminating dangerous traffic conditions and inconvenience for motorists experienced since the temporary median installed in March 2107, and addresses increased traffic in neighbouring streets, also experienced since the introduction of the trial.
  • 15% of people said they would prefer to formalise the temporary traffic treatment at the Hampton Road and Scott Street intersection (Option 2). Most people who preferred Option 2 felt it was safer for pedestrians because it has stopped cars using the bus lane.
  • 20% of people didn’t support either option. The most common suggestion was to install traffic lights with a signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersection.

SOUTH FREO TRAFFIC CHANGES AT COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017

 

Fremantle Council will this coming Wednesday discus the plans for traffic calming, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements along South Terrace in South Fremantle, after lengthy community consultation.

The local community told the City of Fremantle that:
* 72.6% of people support the proposed changes, with 53.8% indicating they ‘strongly support’ the changes and a further 18.8% supportive of ‘most changes’.

* The proposal to improve the streetscape was the most supported change, with over 90% of respondents answering positively to the proposed new paving, street furniture, trees and planting.

* The proposal to reduce the carriageway to a trafficable width of 7 metres is the least supported change. While 58.2 % of people support narrowing the road to make it easier for people to cross the street safely, 22.2 % felt this would create more dangerous conditions for cyclists.

* The need for South Terrace to be calmed from South Street to Douro Road was mentioned by numerous people, along with the need to protect the interests of people living in the side streets.

* A plan for the area bounded by South Street, Douro Road, Marine Terrace and Hampton Road was suggested, following concerns that the proposed treatment at Little Lefroy and South Terrace will create traffic problems elsewhere.

* The need for a cycle lane on South Terrace between South Street and Douro Road was frequently mentioned, along with a desire to see similar treatments implemented at other nodes in this section.

If you did not have your say you can still address Council this Wednesday at 6pm!

Roel Loopers

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FINALLY SAFER HILTON TOWN CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, hilton, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2017

 

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The Hilton town centre in Fremantle will finally get a much-needed upgrade to make the area safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The plans aims to make the section of South Street which runs through the Hilton shopping area feel more like a traditional town centre by slowing traffic and creating a safe and welcoming environment.

Preventing cars from turning right out of Paget Street and Victor Street onto South Street will also address serious safety issues at those intersections where many accidents have occurred in the past.

That stretch of South Street, just east of Carrington Road, is very dangerous and the local community has been calling for something to be done to improve safety for a long time.

In the past five years there have been 20 crashes involving cars turning right into South Street and a lot of near misses for people using the pedestrian crossing.

These improvements will make the area a lot safer, while also creating a more appealing community space.

The improvements will include enhanced signage and lighting to make drivers more aware of the pedestrian crossing on South Street, new ramps at Paget Street and Victor Street to make it easier for people with prams and wheelchairs, a different colour asphalt roadway to delineate Hilton town centre, and new landscaping and street furniture.

The project is being funded through $250,000 from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program and $50,000 from the City of Fremantle.

Work is planned to start in April and estimated to be finalised by July next year.

 

Roel Loopers

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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

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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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

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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