Traffic driving them mad
FATAL crashes, claims of speeding, congestion and bad driver behaviour have prompted the new Cottesloe Traffic Action Group to lobby for greater safety on Marine Parade, Cottesloe.
“There have been at least three fatalities in recent years, and evidence of near misses, particularly with pedestrians,” group spokeswoman Shirley Primeau said.
At last month’s meeting, the group, with about 12 members and about 25 supporters along the parade, asked Cottesloe Council for more traffic safety measures.
Ms Primeau said the group did not consider the council’s recent survey of the parade’s and North Street’s traffic to be a true reflection of extreme speeds.
This was because the survey was done in summer when traffic volumes were greater and average speeds subsequently lower, and the survey disqualified extremely high and low speeds as statistical aberrations.
The group’s concerns include traffic using the Grant Street roundabout as a motorsport chicane, pedestrians being nearly hit at the Eric, Napier and Forrest streets’ crossings and hoons speeding along 700m of the parade from the Curtin Street roundabout.
This was near where a motorcyclist was killed at the Sydney Street intersection last December.
The death partly prompted the survey, which found average speeds were below limits, after which the council agreed to move car bays on the parade for greater visibility at Sydney Street.
Ms Primeau said the group wanted to work with the council to improve safety and driver behaviour, including installing rumble bars at pedestrian crossings and speed controls at the southern end of the parade.
“This sort of problem doesn’t happen at other beach strips, like Manly’s Corso esplanade or Melbourne’s St Kilda seafront, and I think you’ll find Cottesloe is one of the last places where people talk as if they can drive along the beach that way,” group member Greg Dodds said.
At their meeting, councillors suggested considering the group for a role in developing the town’s foreshore plan.
Chief executive Mat Humfrey said councillors could consider reallocating to road safety some of more than $198,500 for minor works.
This would include footpaths in the 2015-16 budget but any budget needed an absolute majority of councillors at its July’s meeting.
Shirley Primeau with Cottesloe Traffic Action Group members Tony Rudd, Roslin Sadler and Greg Dodds at the Napier Street intersection.