Transport, Safety and Cycling

The City of Melville has a TravelSmart initiative, which aims to reduce our reliance on cars and making smart choices about other forms of transport.

Almost everyone is involved in some form of travel everyday, whether it is travelling to work, school, shops, to entertainment or to sport, so we can all play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of life for ourselves and out communities.

To find out more about the City of Melville transport initiatives, click on the tabs below.

As well as the City's initiatives, the Western Australian Department of Transport provides maps to help you be travelsmart and maintain an active lifestyle, showing various routes via various transport methods to local facilities such as supermarkets, dog exercise areas, public toilets, skate parks, playgrounds and post boxes - Check it out at Map your Move Melville.

Don't Drink and Drive

Check out our animated video Social Sally Gets Silly. It doesn't take much to put you over the limit.

Lower your Standards - Stay under 0.05. 

More information at www.rsc.wa.gov.au

Road Safety

As drivers, we are all responsible for the safety of our roads some safety messages for us to consider are:

  • Wearing a seatbelt can protect us from severe injury in a collision.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Driving under the influence turns me into a lethal weapon. If I drink-drive, I could harm myself and others.
  • No mobile phone while driving - they distract me and lead me to hit someone or something.
  • Slowing down, taking my time. I will keep to the limit and remember that the faster I drive, the harder I hit.
  • Taking a break. Resting for at least 15 minutes every two hours will help me stay alert.
  • Swapping drivers when tired. Driving tired can cause my thoughts to wander or cause me to fall to sleep at the wheel.
  • Restraining children correctly. Choosing appropriate restraints can keep children and babies safe. I should check for damage or wear.
  • Keeping my distance. I will keep at least two seconds between the time when the front bumper tyre of the car in front passes a stationary object and the front of my car reaches that object.
  • Driving a safe vehicle. I will drive a vehicle that is roadworthy. When buying, I will look for high safety rating.
  • Overtaking cyclists safely. I will give at least a distance of 1 metre when passing a cyclist.
  • Keeping to the speed limit when overtaking. I will remember that it’s illegal to exceed the speed limit when overtaking.
  • Being aware of pedestrians. I will be more alert around areas where pedestrians are likely to be.
     

Road Safety for Children

Educating our children about road safety is also vital - for their safety today and the future safety of our City. The Constable Care Safety School is a best-practice excursion destination for children aged 4 - 11 years.
 

Safe Speed Check Signs

Melville, like everywhere, has many streets where residents complain about the speed of drivers. When 85th percentile speeds are 10km/h or more above the posted speed limit, traffic data is sent to the Police who consider using speed cameras to moderate speeds.

However we have many more streets where drivers are travelling between 1 and 9 km/h above the speed limit, causing concern for residents but not enough to trigger attention from the Police.

Speeding drivers impact on how residents use the street and has serious implications for road safety. A study of Western Australian car crashes showed that 32% of pedestrians killed would have survived if the driver was driving just five kilometres an hour slower, and one person in 10 would not have not been hit at all! (Source: Office of Road Safety www.ors.wa.gov.au)

The 'Safe Speed Check' signs have inbuilt radar allowing the sign to display each drivers individual speed a smiley face, or a frowny face and a reminder of the posted speed.

For engineering staff, the Safe Speed Check signs record 2 speeds for each vehicle that passes. The V1 speed is recorded when the vehicle first enters the radar beam and a second V2 speed is recorded when the vehicle is adjacent to the sign after the driver has responded to the sign.

Like getting a sticker at school for good behaviour, it seems that as adult drivers we still respond to positive stimuli and reminders! Drivers can be seen to be reducing their speed to match the speed limit while the signs are in operation.

Currently signs are operating on Preston Point Road, Bull Creek Drive and Bateman Road. In a few months the City will relocate them to three new locations on some of our ‘speedier’ streets. The footings will stay in place and be re-used as needed.

The signs quantify driver speed reductions and the City will also conduct speed/traffic counts along the roads while the signs are in place and after they have been removed, to see if there is a residual effect on driver speeds once the signs have been removed. Typically, we have been getting a reduction in 85th percentile speeds of around 4km/h.

Already the signs have been valuable in terms of managing resident expectations for vehicle speeds in their street. At around $6,000 installed, the signs are cost effective. If they prove to be effective in the long term, there is the potential to replace traditional Local Area Traffic Management - being more cost-effective than chicanes/roundabouts and more palatable than speed cushions.

 

Hooning

Hooning is antisocial behaviour - it is both reckless and dangerous. Contact the police on 131 444 or refer to the WA Police Antisocial Behaviour webpage.

Road Safety and TravelSmart Working Group

The City of Melville has a working group to promote TravelSmart activities, active travel modes, reduce the number and severity of road crashes in the City, and to encourage and promote safer use of our roads.

The working group plans community activities and actively participate in safety initiatives.

The group is made up of four volunteer community members, two Councillors and three City of Melville employees.

To find out more about the working group, contact the City's TravelSmart officer via email or phone 9364 0666.

Some testimonials from members of the working group:

“I am a local resident and I have three teenage sons. Keeping them safe on the road is my number one priority.”

“I am passionate about helping our suburb be more sustainable and even more special.”

“I care about improving the level of safety of all our road users as well as improving our urban amenity by improving and facilitating better transport in all its forms. I would like to bring some of my expertise to assist in improving my local community.”

Bikes and Cycleways

City of Melville Bike Plan

The City of Melville Bike Plan 2012 sets out objectives for the continued development and promotion of cycling, which includes:

  • Evaluating cycling and its associated infrastructure in the study area, along with the existing Bike Plan
  • Consult with key stakeholders (Local Government, State Government and Local Community) regarding the future of cycling within the City of Melville
  • Planning the expansion of the bicycle network for Melville
  • Encourage and promote cycling
  • Developing a prioritised schedule of works, along with high level preliminary costing
  • Developing a maintenance schedule for the protection of new and existing assets

New cycleways and bike paths

Construction of a cycleway/bike path enables residents to access and enjoy the natural environment that surrounds their suburb. By integrating the cycleways into the infrastructure of the city, bike riding and walking will become the main means of transport and will help to create a healthier and cleaner community.

The following items are taken into consideration when requesting a new cycle facility:

  • Traffic volumes
  • Traffic/pedestrian conflicts
  • Bus routes
  • Road classification (distributor/local)
  • Special considerations (eg: disability access)
  • Places of congregation
  • Safe routes to school
  • Path requests
  • Linking paths

If you would like to request a new footpath, please contact customer service.

Please note, cycling facilities on major roads such as Canning Highway, Leach Highway, and Kwinana Freeway is the responsibility of Main Roads WA.

Cycling Rules and Penalties

As part of the City's TravelSmart initiatives, the City supports the State Goverenment's position for all cyclists to wear bike helmets.

The following penaties apply;

  • Cyclists riding more than two abreast (with up to 1.5m between riders) $50 fine
  • Not wearing a helmet $50 fine
  • Failure to have at least one effective brake and working warning device (e.g. bell) $100 fine
  • Failure to have correct lighting for visibility $100 fine
  • Riding less than 2m behind a vehicle $100 fine
  • Passing on the left of a vehicle that is turning left $100 fine

For more information on cyclists' rights and responsibilities on paths and roads, see the Department of Transport's Cycling Rules publication.

Bus Shelters

There are two main types of bus shelters within the CIty of Melville, and each of these is maintained by different organisations.

  • Shelters with advertising on them are managed by a company called Adshel, which maintains and replaces damaged shelters. Their contact details are: phone 9213 5600 or email contact@adshel.com.au

  • Shelters with no advertising are maintained by the City of Melville via a contractor which maintains and repairs damage.

We rely on you to report hazards such as broken glass, damaged panels etc so that we can clean the area and make it safe - please contact customer service to notify us.

If you notice a bus shelter that contains asbestos, please report it to the City and it will either be removed, replaced or repaired.

Traffic Calming, Counts and Black Spots

Traffic Calming

Traffic calming is a combination of physical measures aimed at slowing vehicle traffic on local roads, change driver behaviour and improve conditions for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Traffic calming measures include slow points, roundabouts, chicane, speed plateau, rubber speed cushions, raised intersection and road closures. The type used will vary depending on the actual problem and the characteristics of the site.

Potential installation of traffic calming measures considers:

  • Speed and volume of traffic
  • Reported crash history
  • The hierarchy of the road in the road network
  • Road design
  • Land use and surrounding activities
  • Terrain

To request traffic calming treatment please contact the City in writing by mail or email and include the following:

  • Addressed to: Traffic Road Safety Coordinator
  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact numbers
  • Details of the problem that requires traffic calming

With traffic concerns regarding major roads: South Street, Leach Highway, Canning Highway and Kwinana Freeway, contact Main Roads WA.
 

Traffic Counts

The City of Melville undertakes traffic surveys to collect information on traffic volumes, speeds and types of vehicles on the road.

The use of traffic data recorders is to monitor traffic conditions on the City's road network and assist with forward planning for improvement works.

Speed assessments are usually undertaken mid-block on a length of road, with a number of counters set in place.

Vehicle types will be monitored.

To request traffic counts, please contact the City in writing by mail or email and include the following:

  • Addressed to: Engineering Technical Officer
  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact numbers
  • Reason as to why Traffic Counts are required

With traffic concerns regarding major roads: South Street, Leach Highway, Canning Highway and Kwinana Freeway, contact Main Roads WA.

Black Spots

A black spot is a section of road (mid-block or intersection) where accidents occur on a regular basis. The City of Melville regularly monitors updated recorded crash data throughout the City to formulate solutions, apply for funding to implement the solution.

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