Whitfield Street Safe Active Street October 2019

Consultation has concluded

Safe active streets create quieter local roads and a safer environment for families, pedestrians and bike riders. With the speed limit reduced and the implementation of various traffic calming measures such as raised platforms and slow points, streets become much safer for the community to enjoy. Additional trees and greenery are also planted to provide a shade for street users and improve the visual appeal of the street.

October

Construction will start in Whitfield Street in early 2020 to create a corridor between Guildford Road and Sandy Beach Reserve for safe cycling and walking. The work will improve road crossings along Whitfield Street, upgrade signage and add landscaping. The project is funded by the Department of Transport and managed by the Town of Bassendean.

To imagine what it will look like, see the indicative flyover video here.

Current status

We're finalising the design and will soon call tenders for its construction.

Have Your Say

If you have any questions about the project, including about the final design, the impact on your property and the timing of the construction work, please contact the Town of Bassendean by Friday 6 September by:

  • Sending an email to yoursay@bassendean.wa.gov.au
  • Contacting the Town's Engineering Technical Coordinator David Dwyer on 93778000
  • Asking us to contact you below

Activation of the route will be planned and delivered in collaboration with the Town, Department of Transport, local residents, schools and businesses.

October

Construction will start in Whitfield Street in early 2020 to create a corridor between Guildford Road and Sandy Beach Reserve for safe cycling and walking. The work will improve road crossings along Whitfield Street, upgrade signage and add landscaping. The project is funded by the Department of Transport and managed by the Town of Bassendean.

To imagine what it will look like, see the indicative flyover video here.

Current status

We're finalising the design and will soon call tenders for its construction.

Have Your Say

If you have any questions about the project, including about the final design, the impact on your property and the timing of the construction work, please contact the Town of Bassendean by Friday 6 September by:

  • Sending an email to yoursay@bassendean.wa.gov.au
  • Contacting the Town's Engineering Technical Coordinator David Dwyer on 93778000
  • Asking us to contact you below

Activation of the route will be planned and delivered in collaboration with the Town, Department of Transport, local residents, schools and businesses.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Will you clarify the following with regards to the above; The Whitfield/Palmerston and Whitfield/Reid intersections will have the traffic flow direction modified but these are major routes which include a bus route? The modification with only a give way and not a stop signal will increase the risk to cyclists at these busy and high speed intersections. Please confirm what design risk assessments have been undertaken at these intersections and how will the risks be managed as there is the Bassendean Primary school nearby and all the school children will have to relearn the right of way and 'hope' drivers also adapt. The introduction of dedicated parking bays along Whitfield Street with the additional traffic calming measures has the effect of narrowing the roadway width which brings cyclists into closer proximity with cars. Also encouraging the parking of cars on the roadside with cyclists riding past increases the exposure of a cyclist to an a potential impact with an opening vehicle door. The introduction of trees into the roadway together with the on road vehicle parking will introduce considerable obstructions to driver sight lines as residents access the street from their driveways, increasing risk to cyclists, has this been considered in the design risk assessment? There appears to be a pedestrian footpath installed on the verge between Reid and the end of Whitfield Street, residents of the street have previously objected to this as the road is a no through road with very limited traffic, therefore why the need for traffic calming trees in the roadway? Please note simply changing the colour of the road surface does not make a road any safer for cyclists, separation of cyclists from vehicles is the only safe cycle route design.

    about 2 months ago

    The design has the priority at the intersections of Whitfield/Palmerston and Whitfield/Reid. 

    These intersection modifications have been reviewed and approved by Main Roads WA (the governing  body on regulatory road signage and intersections priority in WA), Public Transport Authority (the Governing  body on bus routes), Department of Transport (project partner for Whitfield Safe  Active Street) and the Town’s Traffic Engineering and Design Consultant. 

    The intersection modifications feature a raised plateau on the approaches of Palmerston St and Reid St, and a raised intersection at Whitfield St, to reduce the speed of vehicles as they approach. There will also be additional signage installed to advice drivers of a “Modified Intersection Ahead”.

    The sign-posted speed for Whitfield Street will be 30km/h. Drivers must always adhere to the Road Traffic Code requirements and provide a 1m clearance to cyclists. Whitfield Safe Active Street will not be creating any additional attractions requiring vehicle parking so there is unlikely to be any increase in street parking.

    The trees in the design are used to delineate and “bookend” street parking, whilst also physically and visually narrowing the street to inforce the 30Km/h speed limit. The trees will be under pruned to allow for better visibility. The slow points have been designed to allow access to all properties.

    The Safe Active Street is not only designed for cyclists, it also caters for all pedestrian modes of transport. People walking, or using the aid of wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be able to use separated footpaths without being forced to use the road, similar to all other sections of Whitfield Street.

  • The queries are: 1. We have three olive trees on the front of our property, will these be removed? 2. Has a project schedule been developed, advising when the construction will start at our property? 3. Could we be able to get the dimensions of the footpath for the cnr of reid and whitfield street understanding how much verge will be removed. 4. With the new footpath on the verge cnr of reid and Whitfield, what type of vegetation will be now installed?

    about 2 months ago

    1.The three olive trees on the verge in front of your property will not be removed.
    2.The construction schedule has not been developed yet. Works are expected in early 2020. You will be notified prior to construction works beginning near your property.
    3.The path is 1.8 metres wide but width may be modified to 1.5 metres if there are conflicts with verge trees or utilities.
    4.As part of the Safe Active Street construction, there in no proposed vegetation to be planted on the corner of Reid and Whitfield St so that sight lines are not impeded for drivers and pedestrians. The verge will be reinstated around the path to its current condition. 

  • I am wondering how/if the Coles trucks will exit their docking area - will they continue to exit up Whitfield Street (past the bowling club)? If so, they will be driving up the 'safe active street' regularly which kind of defeats the purpose of a safe street - to have huge trucks mixing with kids on bikes. Will there be an option for the trucks to exit directly onto Guildford Road to avoid this not ideal scenario? Also, initial planning had a dead-end planned for cars for Whitfield Street (at Old Perth Road end), so traffic couldn't go through to the shops. This looks like it isn't going to occur? Again, there will be a large mix of cars on the Safe Active Street in order to access the shops. Making it a dead-end like originally planned would alleviate that also. Can you please confirm if the street will remain open instead of the dead-end?

    2 months ago

    You asked whether trucks will exit their docking area and continue to exit up Whitfield Street past the bowling club? Yes.

    The Safe Active Street has been designed to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists while also allowing for delivery vehicles to service the shopping centre.

    Will there be an option for the trucks to exit directly onto Guildford Road to avoid this not ideal scenario? Not as part of this project. However the Town is investigating options for alternative vehicle movements for access to the shopping centre through its Integrated Transport Plan.

    Initial planning had a dead-end planned for cars for Whitfield Street. Following analysis of the required vehicle movement for service vehicles such as rubbish trucks, the proposed cul-de-sac will not be implemented. However, slow points and speed restrictions will be used to discourage heavy vehicles and through traffic from using Whitfield Street south of Old Perth Road. These treatments will still allow for kerbside bin collections.