More legwork needed
INVESTIGATIONS into improving the safety of pedestrians crossing a stretch of Riseley Street in Applecross are continuing.
The Melville Times revealed in June that the City of Melville was looking into improvements on the road between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent following concerns from local business owners.
Shayne Silcox, who was chief executive at the time, said among the improvements the City was looking at was a puffin crossing. It also supported a speed limit reduction.
A puffin crossing is one in which the controls are on the same side of the road as the pedestrian, rather than on the opposite side as in the crossings now in use.
Acting chief executive Marten Tieleman said a site investigation and traffic survey had been completed and a video survey of pedestrian movements was now being arranged.
“The traffic survey results have revealed that the 85th percentile traffic speed, which is the speed at 85 per cent of traffic at or below, is in the range of 45km/h to 50km/h.
“The City has sent a plan to Main Roads WA to install pedestrian signage to advise motorists there is a high number of pedestrians crossing in the area.
“The request has been approved by MRWA and the signage is expected to be installed soon by MRWA contractors.”
Mr Tieleman said the video survey would assist in the justification for the installation of puffin crossings.
“In the meantime the City will keep monitoring the speed of traffic and pedestrian activities on Riseley Street in the area between Willcock Street and Canning Highway,” he said.
Sinclairs Jewellers manager Derek Isaacson said the decision to install pedestrian signs was “common sense”.