(24/7/2017) City takes action on speed humps
- City responds to public feedback and modifies speed humps.
- Commitment to improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists reinforced.
The City has taken action to address concerns by modifying speed humps on three key Fremantle roads.
Following public feedback regarding the recent installation of speed humps along Ord Street, Wray Avenue and South Terrace, the City has reduced the severity of traffic treatments but remains committed to driving behavioural change and improving safety.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the most frequently raised issue during the Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning Project was the need to slow traffic and make the city safer for pedestrians, cyclist and other road users.
Mayor Pettitt said the recent works emphasised council's ongoing commitment to delivering on this request. He acknowledged that the introduction of speed humps was not universally popular, but said the City had listened and acted to address concerns that the measures went further than necessary.
"We have reduced the overall number of speed humps as well as softened the remaining humps on Ord and Wray Avenue," Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said.
"This responds to the feedback we received and will reduce the impact for cyclists and smaller vehicles using these streets.
"We are grateful for the input from our community and have already received a number of positive comments about the modified approach.
"It's worth remembering also that the introduction of the speed humps in the first place was prompted by a desire to slow traffic and make our streets even safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
"We will continue to work in partnership with our community to achieve a safer and better-connected Fremantle."
- Two of five speed humps have been removed and the gradient of the remaining speed humps has been softened. This aims to still slow traffic at key pedestrian crossing points (to schools and the Fremantle Arts Centre and leisure centre) and discourage trucks from using this route as a shortcut to Fremantle port.
- Two of four speed humps have been removed and the gradient of the remaining speed humps has been softened.
- Speed humps on South Terrace deliver an interim solution while permanent traffic calming and streetscape upgrades are developed and finalised.
- By slowing the traffic down initially, the City is in a stronger position to advocate to Main Roads (who control speed signs in WA) for an official speed reduction on South Terrace.
- The City is currently working on its first targeted area for the permanent scheme which will include a 'slow' speed node and footpath build-outs on South Terrace at the intersections with Little Lefroy Road and Sydney Street.
- This permanent solution is also likely to include footpath upgrades, landscaping improvements and street furniture and is scheduled for delivery as part of the 2017/18 City works program.
- In response to community feedback, the City has removed five of 15 speed humps as well as introduced a central speed hump to prevent cars from weaving to avoid the humps.