Slow down on our streets


Stirling Times - - Front Page - Kate Leaver

An In­gle­wood com­mu­nity group is pe­ti­tion­ing for slower speeds on a stretch of Beau­fort Street.

AN In­gle­wood com­mu­nity group is a step closer to slow­ing down cars on Beau­fort Street to re­claim a “vil­lage vibe” after a 450sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion was tabled to the City of Stir­ling .

In­gle­wood on Beau­fort (IOB) com­mu­nity network is push­ing for a 40km/h speed zone along a stretch of Beau­fort Street from Wal­cott Street in Mt Law­ley to Wood and Nel­son streets in In­gle­wood, which would flash 40km/h at peak pe­ri­ods but re­turn to 60km/h af­ter­wards.

IOB sec­re­tary Damien Gi­u­dici said cars used “ex­ces­sive” speed on the stretch, which had caused many car ac­ci­dents and near misses.

“Beau­fort Street through the Mt Law­ley town cen­tre used to suf­fer the same af­flic­tion un­til the City of Vin­cent, Main Roads and com­mu­nity groups im­ple­mented a vari­able 40km/h speed zone,” he said.

“IOB is keen to work with the City and Main Roads on be­half of busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity to find a way for­ward that re­duces speeds and re­turns a vil­lage vibe to our main street, makes it eas­ier to cross the road, en­cour­ages more al­fresco din­ing and helps busi­nesses who are cur­rently strug­gling to at­tract more cus­tomers.”

Mr Gi­u­dici said there was a 40km/h zone for the suc­cess­ful In­gle­wood Night Mar­kets but lo­cals wanted it to be per­ma­nent.

The City re­quested a low­er­ing of the speed limit in 2005 and 2009 but Main Roads re­jected the sub­mis­sions on grounds that driv­ers would not com­ply with a limit and the road en­vi­ron­ment was not con­ducive to a lower speed.

Stir­ling engi­neer­ing de­sign man­ager Paul Gi­amov said the City would con­duct re­vised traf­fic count sur­veys to sub­mit to Main Roads.

Mr Gi­amov said the City sup­ported low­er­ing the speed limit but were yet to de­ter­mine if 50km/h was a bet­ter op­tion.

May­lands MLA Lisa Baker, whose of­fice is on Beau­fort Street in In­gle­wood, said she had seen con­sis­tent com­mu­nity sup­port for traf­fic calm­ing over the past nine years.

“I have writ­ten to the Trans­port Min­is­ter to re­quest a re­view and con­sid­er­a­tion of re­duced traf­fic speeds along Beau­fort Street,” she said.

Mondo Butch­ers owner and In­gle­wood on Beau­fort chair­man Vince Gar­reffa, who has been on Beau­fort for 18 years, said slow­ing the speed down would help lo­cal busi­nesses.

“Peo­ple have been telling us be­cause they slow down for the mar­kets they have seen all the busi­nesses in In­gle­wood; they can’t be­lieve there are so many they had missed,” he said.

“Beau­fort Street is not sup­posed to be a high­way.”

Let’s face it, Perth is a car city. There are lim­ited pedes­trian or cy­cling friendly ar­eas out­side of the CBD and the amount of cars on our roads is grow­ing at a rapid rate, with hun­dreds of them added to Perth roads each day. In­gle­wood on Beau­fort com­mu­nity network is try­ing to put the brakes on cars in their com­mu­nity in an ef­fort to cre­ate a “vil­lage’’ at­mos­phere. They are hark­ing back to a time when cars were not the fo­cus of a main street. While it may be a small step, it is a step in the right di­rec­tion for small busi­nesses and pedes­tri­ans who want to re­claim this street. The In­gle­wood Night Mar­kets have added life and vi­brancy to a qui­eter area of Beau­fort Street but it would be great to see slower speeds tri­als for the mar­kets en­forced per­ma­nently. It would be great to see Main Roads WA jump on board with this com­mu­nity driven pro­posal.

- Kate Leaver

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d471389

Cr David La­gan, In­gle­wood on Beau­fort chair­man and Mondo Butch­ers owner Vince Gar­reffa, and Cr Terry Tyzack on Beau­fort Street.

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