Construction to begin on City's first Safe Active Street

27 July 2020

Construction of the City’s first ever Safe Active Street will commence in August.

Construction of the City's first ever Safe Active Street will commence in August following final Council endorsement of the detailed design at the June Council Meeting.

This follows an extensive community engagement process which took place in 2018, where the City engaged with the community on the project and the concept design, with feedback influencing the final detailed design.

City of Melville Mayor The Hon. George Gear JP said the project would help provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists and aligned with the community’s aspiration for sustainable and connected transport.

“Our community has made it clear to us through various surveys and feedback that they want better walking and cycling facilities,” Mayor Gear said.

“This project will provide a safe and enjoyable environment for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Westfield Booragoon and the Riseley Street Activity Centre, and encourage local residents in the area to leave their car at home and cycle or walk instead.

“It will also improve safety for local school children, as the route passes by Ardross Primary and Applecross Senior High Schools helping create a safer, slow speed environment for students to walk and cycle to and from school.

“It will also improve amenity for local residents and visitors with more trees and new garden beds to be planted, as well as seating and public art installed.

“We look forward to construction starting on this flagship road project for our City.”

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.

The City of Melville’s Safe Active Street will encompass Links Road, Collier Road south of Millington Street, Millington Street east of Collier Road, and Hope Road south of Millington Street onto Willcock Street.

Construction will happen in stages and is expected to take one year. It will start with three speed plateaus on Drew Road, and then move to Willcock Street, followed by Hope Road, Millington Street, Collier Street and Links Road.

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

For more information on the project, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/SAS

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