Traf­fic driv­ing them mad

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Shirley Primeau with Cottes­loe Traf­fic Ac­tion Group mem­bers Tony Rudd, Roslin Sadler and Greg Dodds at the Napier Street in­ter­sec­tion.

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