Quick update on the speed bump issue

It would be fair to say that some of the speed humps that have gone into Fremantle over the last months have gotten a mixed reaction! So I thought it worth providing an update on the changes planned following community feedback and a reassessment of what has gone in.

These humps were all part of separate projects that consulted and engaged with impacted residents and businesses etc over the past year. The fact the all went in so close together wasn’t intentional and has certainly magnified their impact overall.

We have listened to recent community feedback on and are City of Freo staff are arranging remedial works to address community concerns raised at each location. These works are scheduled to take place over the next week or two:

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.

For the City of Fremantle  to lower speed limits we FIRST have to demonstrate to Main Roads (who control all traffic signage) that speeds are ALREADY low in the area. Main Roads Traffic Standards Section 4.2: states you can only lower to 40kmh or 30kmh if 85% of the traffic already goes at max 50kmh or 40 kmh respectively.

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.

 

I think once adjusted each of these project will get closer to finding the right balance between making the roads safer for pedestrians while not driving motorists to distraction. So hopefully we are over this hump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses to Quick update on the speed bump issue

  1. Dr Kerry King says:

    Dear Mayor Pettitt

    Thank you for that update.

    I wish to add something further to the speed bump issue and intend to address something more formal to Council in future. The unfortunate knock-on effect of this (very welcome) traffic calming, is that the Wray Avenue/Solomon Street/Samson Street/Watkins Street hub is being unduly affected. I trust you know the area I speak off, I’ve seen you cycling past.

    Unfortunately, with the advent of Google maps, advising the quickest, least congested route, this area was already suffering significantly from speeding vehicles, excessive traffic, not to mention heavy articulated vehicles. All around us there is traffic calming (further up Solomon, at the upper end of Swanbourne and indeed Edmund) but were are inundated with yet more and more traffic, as we are the only non-traffic-calmed back route through Fremantle.

    Can you help the residents of our area? Our cars get hit, our pets get hit, residents get beeped and screamed at, and the amount of traffic through are residential area is untenable.

    Warm regards

    Dr King
    Solomon Street, Fremantle

    • hi Kerry
      Solomon has some big humps up the North end. Are you further South?
      Brad

      • Dr Kerry King says:

        Dear Mayor/Brad

        Yes, we’re at the dodgy high-traffic end of Solomon, between Watkins and Samson. The humps stop before the Steven’s Street intersection. It’s utterly horrendous and getting worse. Trucks carrying containers sneak about under the cover of darkness and every woman and her cat/man and his dog uses this route to dodge Hampton Road. Help?

      • Kerry
        I had no idea container trucks would try and squeeze though that way! I can get our traffic team to monitor the area to come up with a solution.
        cheers

      • piacsmith says:

        I second these comments – we are on Solomon between South and Lefroy, but I am often using the streets Dr King speaks of as a pedestrian, with stroller. There is no really safe way to cross South St in this area, and that little cluster (Sokomon/Wray/Watkins) can get very snarled with traffic. I find it a very unfriendly little corner to navigate, and don’t enjoy walking around the neighbourhood with a pram these days… makes me tempted to drive much more than I’d like (and hence add to the traffic!). Great to have this dialogue of course! Thanks all.

  2. Matt says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for the posting.

    It would be better for the City of Fremantle to introduce a speed limit of 30 km/h in areas of high pedestrian activity and the rest at 40 km/h (not 50, nor 60) – in areas, as noted in your post. It would also be environmentally better, given accelerate-and-slow-down-and-accelerate maneuvers are not.

    To make slower speeds attractive for all I suggest to install permanent speed cameras and have some slow down mechanisms installed via curves that are landscaped, making it a green street also. Unsure about revenue allocation, but permanent speed cameras benefit the budget and the speed observation of all.

    The current car trend is 4WD and SUVs. I might have to buy one of these beautiful vehicles so i don’t need to slow down as much. Maybe even a bus as I can’t see Transperth slow down over the bumps on the Wray Ave roundabout at all.

    I now have to avoid these streets because my car is too low to go at the speed of SUVs and 4WDs behind me, who get visibly annoyed about my very slow behaviour due to the bumps, scrapping my oil sump and denting my wheels. (it’s not a sports car – just save and not a 4WD/SUV). I’m fine with not driving, but query Fremantle’s progressive thinking and vision to be smarter.

    The street I live in, is fully residential and now a great straight speedway for the clever drivers out there who know how to avoid the bumpy roads. These bumps have introduced considerable risk elsewhere.

    Please consider lower speed limits in Fremantle as a rule and put slow down curves and speed cameras up instead of speed bumps. It can’t cost that much more if done properly and without re-work.

    Thanks,
    Matt

    • Matt
      Good questions.
      Something I should have mentioned in the post is that for the City of Fremantle to lower speed limits we FIRST have to demonstrate to Main Roads (who control all traffic signage) that speeds are ALREADY low in the area. So to get them to 40kmh we have to show that the average speed is close to that. Hence the TEMPORARY rubber humps to bring speed down so we can them put in lower speed signs and more attractive traffic permanent calming as is planned for the next few months on Little Lefroy

      Cheers, Brad

  3. Peter mcglynn says:

    Brad thanks for the update. It’s good that Council is trying to slow traffic on S Tce but seriously, who signed off on the specifications for this work? The reaction and the unintended impacts caused by cars seeking to avoid the speed bumps should not be a surprise to anyone.

    Unfortunately it seems to me there is a problem within the area of Council that has carriage of this work because we saw the exactly the same type of thinking with the trial closure of the crossing on Hampton Rd near Beaconsfield Primary. I realise that one child was hit by a car but instead of separating out the traffic and pedestrians by moving the children’s crossing 100 m away from the intersection, the median strip was blocked, causing traffic to take rat runs through other streets. Since the trial commenced I’ve given up trying to turn right into Lefroy Rd at the lights because it is very unsafe to do so.

    If Council has really consulted for a year and still made such a poor decision, where is the cause of the problem?

  4. Erica Radalj says:

    Major Pettitt
    This update be should be posted on the City of Fremantle Facebook page, so as to inform the citizens of Fremantle what exactly is going on, in a more transparent and open fashion. Having to google ‘speed bumps’ and ‘Fremantle’ and then siphon through the tosh to find out what’s happening in your own backyard is not the way to keep people happy and informed.
    The Council has had to eat a lot of humble pie over these atrocious decisions and as a rate payer, I’m appalled at the wanton waste of the money this whole fiasco has cost.
    On that point, HOW MUCH HAS THIS DEBACLE COST THE FREMANTLE COMMUNITY Major Pettitt??
    Or don’t you know?

  5. Ali says:

    Why not just put a speed limit sign up! I know some people won’t comply but it is such a busy road you only need some to comply and it slows down everyone. Speed bumps are dangerous unpleasant and costly. Widening them is wasting more money and won’t work unless you go kerb to kerb – I am sitting watching people swerve around them into parking bays along the side of thee road. I think it is time to admit it was a major balls up

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