Safe Active Street

The City of Melville with help from the Department of Transport, will install a Safe Active Street linking Westfield Booragoon Shopping Centre and Riseley Street Activity Centre.

Latest Update

The Safe Active Street is now complete and open to the community.

Read the full media release

Project Information

The City of Melville with help from the Department of Transport, has installed a safe active street linking Westfield Booragoon Shopping Centre and Riseley Street Activity Centre, along Links Road, Collier Street, Millington Street and Hope Road, onto Willcock Street.

Safe active streets are local streets with few cars, travelling at low speeds that prioritise bicycling and enhance conditions for walking. They are an important, new part of Perth’s transport network offering safe and comfortable routes for people riding bikes.

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council 16 June 2020, Council voted to endorse the detailed design of the safe active streets between Westfield Booragoon and Riseley Street Activity Centres along Links Road, Collier Street, Millington Street and Hope Road, Ardross. 

The total cost of the Safe Active Street project is $2.2 million, and is partially funded by a $850,000 grant from the Department of Transport’s Safe Active Streets Pilot Program.

Read our comprehensive FAQs below for more information on the safe active streets program.

Community Consultation

We undertook extensive community consultation during the detailed design phase to ensure we considered the needs of the community most likely to be impacted by the proposed route and its construction.

We engaged with people who live or own a property along the Safe Active Street route, as well as businesses along the route, people who use the route, and Ardross Primary School and Applecross Senior High School.  

 The engagement was advertised by on-street signage and pavement stickers, as well as through a letter drop, social media advertising, Google advertising and advertising in the Melville Gazette.

In total, 67 responses were provided by 41 people on our online community engagement platform, Melville Talks, and 32 people attended an in-person workshop hosted by us and the Department of Transport.

Detailed information about the engagement, including a report, a concept design and a fly-through video showing what the streets may look like visually as well as detailed information on the various features of the proposed safe active street, is available on the Safe Active Streets Engagement page on Melville Talks.

Download the engagement report

Timeline

Community consultationOctober 2018
Council approvalJune 2020
Construction commencementJuly 2020
Construction completionComplete

FAQs about the Safe Active Street

1. Who will benefit from the safe active street?

Safe active streets aim to make streets safer for everyone and are a convenient, easy and sociable way to get around. They are designed to create comfortable environments for road users with all levels of experience. Safe active streets allow mums, dads, children, senior citizens and others to make short trips on bikes to schools, parks, shops or visiting neighbours. They also have additional tree plantings to provide a shady and cooler street for street users. Aside from the improved visual appeal of the street, more local people will be using the street increasing the natural surveillance in the area and improving community connections.

2. How does the Safe Active Street Project fit into the State's transport network?

Perth has all the ingredients needed for a great cycling and walking city – a warm climate, flat topography and outstanding natural beauty.

As the city’s population increases and more people live near centres of activity, walking and cycling can play a big part in helping to reduce congestion, improve air quality, support local business and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.

The Transport Portfolio’s Cycling Network Plan prepared as part of Transport @ 3.5 Million - the Perth and Peel transport plan for 3.5 million people and beyond ensures more emphasis is being placed on providing high quality, safe and comfortable cycling infrastructure that is integrated with public transport services.

There are a number of different types of cycling infrastructure that contribute to the make-up of the cycling network including on-road paths, off-road paths, lake and river crossings and safe active streets.

The Plan is available on the Department of Transport’s website.

3. How is the project being funded?

The project is being partly funded by the Department of Transport’s Safe Active Streets Program. More information about this program can be found on the Department of Transport’s website.

4. Will there be any inconvenience to the residents along the proposed safe active street?

Yes, there will be some inconvenience during the construction stages, however it is not anticipated that there will be any inconvenience once the works have been completed. This project aims to increase residential amenity by creating a quieter and safer environment.

5. Why change the street for bikes? People can ride if they want to now

International research has shown that more people will ride bikes when they feel safe, and that bike routes on streets where speeds are slowed to 30 km/h are recommended to maximise safety and increase bike riding.

The Department of Transport is working with local government authorities to deliver a plan across Perth which will connect up a network of bike-friendly routes – safe active streets form part of this network.

6. Will there be big groups of fast cyclists riding down the street?

Not likely. The proposed roads do not form part of a designated route for established group rides, which typically use more direct major roads. Safe active streets are ideal for slow speed riding.

The street context and design, including raised intersections and slow points will not encourage groups of fast moving recreational cyclists.

7. How will people know they are on a safe active street?

When entering the street, blue-and-white safe active street road patches, 30 km/h speed limit signs and raised intersections help to slow traffic and alert people that they are in a bicycle and pedestrian friendly space.

Along the route, bike symbols and red pavement are used to mark out the safe active street and suggest where bikes should ride

8. How will you make traffic slow down?

The speed limit along the safe active street is set at 30km/h. Treatments, including raised intersections and nibs, are capable of changing the road environment so that motorists are only capable of driving at a maximum speed of 30km/h.

9. Can cars pass people riding bikes?

Yes, as per WA road rules a driver may overtake a person riding a bike if there is enough space to do so safely, they have a clear view of the road ahead and they do not exceed the 30 km/h speed limit.

The State Government has recently introduced new minimum passing distance laws to protect people riding bikes, who are one of our most vulnerable road users. A driver of a motor vehicle must pass a bike travelling in the same direction at a safe distance – that safe distance being 1 metre on roads where the posted speed limit is 60 km/h or less. More information relating to these recently introduced laws can be found on the Road Safety Commission’s website.

Situational examples of how-to-use safe active streets are also available on the Department of Transport website.

10. Will there be an impact on existing on-road parking?

While the availability of unrestricted on-street parking will be affected, the City of Melville has, and will continue to work actively with residents to ensure their parking requirements are met.

11. What will it mean to surrounding streets?

The roads encompassing the proposed route are local access roads and most traffic is local in origin. As the existing traffic volume is low, it is not expected that there will be a redistribution of traffic to the surrounding streets

12. Will a safe active street discourage rat running?

The safe active street treatment will discourage through or non-local traffic as it will be difficult to travel above 30km/h. While the route provides a direct link to local attractions and other bike routes, it has been selected partly because it is not major route for vehicle traffic

13. Does this mean the street will be narrower? Will tradespeople renovating houses and installing swimming pools be able to access the street?

The width of the street remains the same as it was previously (except at the nibs). Access for tradespeople and everyone else is the same.

14. How do buses fit in?

The Department of Transport has worked with the Public Transport Authority to ensure that school bus services operating along the safe active street route continue as normal.

15. Will emergency access change (fire, ambulance etc.)?

The Department of Transport has worked with emergency services to ensure that there is no impact to their services.

16. Why will the speed limit be set at 30km/h? With school zones nearby, the speeds change and it will be confusing. Does the 30km/h apply permanently?

The speed limit will be set at 30 km/h for the entire route at all times, which will support the design of the safe active street.

Research of international best practice indicates that 30 km/h is a safe speed for bicycles and cars to share the road space. By applying traffic calming measures to achieve a self-enforcing 30km/h speed limit, the safe active street will provide a safer, more comfortable environment for the community

17. Will rubbish trucks still be able to empty our bins?

Yes – the City of Melville will ensure this is not impacted, and will determine whether any changes to rubbish truck times are required (e.g. if there is a need to avoid peak commute times).

18. How will the City encourage people to ride their bikes more for local trips?

The City of Melville and Department of Transport hope to see more people riding their bikes, enjoying the safe active street and engaging with others and their surroundings as they make their way to school, the shops or the train station.

A range of activities, including local events, engagement with schools and workplaces and discussions with local businesses are planned. Please let us know if you would like to be involved by calling the City of Melville on 9364 0666.

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General enquiriesAll public enquiries should be directed to the City of Melville TravelSmart Officer via Customer Service on 9364 0666.

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