In a major milestone for the City of Melville, its first Safe Active Street is now open to the community along Links Road in Booragoon.
The Safe Active Street has a reduced speed of 30kmh, raised platforms and changed priority at some intersections to allow for a safe and continuous route for all road users between Westfield Booragoon and the Riseley Activity Centre
A launch event for the completed project was held today Thursday, 14 October at Ardross Primary School, with attendees testing out the redeveloped street on eclectic modes of transports such as small penny-farthings, and local students enjoying their safe walk or ride to school.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the completion of the flagship road project was a great outcome for pedestrians and bike riders and aligned with the Melville community’s aspiration for sustainable and connected transport.
“It’s fantastic to see the completed Links Road Safe Active Street as our community made it clear to us, through surveys and feedback, that they want better walking and bike riding facilities,” said Mayor Gear.
“By providing a safe and enjoyable environment for pedestrians and bike riders travelling along this route, we are hoping to encourage local residents in the area to leave their car at home and cycle or walk instead.
“As the route passes by Ardross Primary and Applecross Senior High Schools, this project creates a safer, slow speed environment for students to walk and cycle to and from and school.”
Mayor Gear said other key features of the Links Road Safe Active Street included improving crossings, new tree plantings and landscaping, to make the community’s journey more comfortable.
“We recognise how important it is for everyone in our community to access and enjoy our streets and we hope the Safe Active Street will help families stay healthy and enjoy quality time together,” said Mayor Gear.
Prior to construction, an extensive community engagement process took place in 2018, where the City engaged with the community on the project and the concept design before Council endorsed a detailed design of the project in June 2020.
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 encompasses Links Road, Collier Road south of Millington Street, Millington Street east of Collier Road, and Hope Road south of Millington Street onto Willcock Street and essentially provides a safe local connection from Melville City Centre and Westfield Booragoon to the Riseley Centre.
The project is partially funded by a grant from the Department of Transport’s Safe Active Streets Pilot Program.
For more information on the project, visit the Safe Active Street webpage.