Not everyone happy with speed devices
Traffic slowing devices in Mira Mar have been completed, but not everybody is happy about their impact on traffic flow.
Last month six chicanes were installed on a 500m stretch of Bathurst and Nelson streets, a $25,000 project approved by the City of Albany council in November, 2017, due to concerns about speeding in the area.
Speed cushions had been installed in 2010 but removed in 2015 due to noise complaints, and the City identifying the permanent chicanes as a better solution.
But not everybody is happy with the move — Seymour Street resident Stanley Date said the additions had affected traffic flow.
“I’ve driven this road sometimes eight to 10 times a day (and) I’ve never seen one incident,” he said.
“I’ll not be able to bring my trailer up there anymore.
“One of the road workers said I didn’t need to go that slow – but you literally do.” However according to
One of the road workers said I didn’t need to go that slow — but you literally do.
a City report, Mr Date is in the minority, with officers claiming 88 per cent of respondents from the affected streets supported the permanent slowing devices.
Figures released following a twoweek trial of chicanes on the road in February, 2017 showed while their impact only reduced traffic on the streets by about 4 per cent per day, instances of speeding severely dropped.
They showed drivers exceeding 70km/h on the 50km/h road dropped from 35 per day to seven, while drivers travelling between 60km/h and 70km/h dropped by 83 per cent and drivers travelling between 50km/h and 60km/h dropped by about 40 per cent.
The traffic-slowing devices on Bathurst and Nelson streets in Mira Mar.