If you have ever tried to cross the rood on foot here, you will know it is nearly impossible to do safely. Cyclists entering the city also run the gauntlet sharing the road with cars and buses as they negotiate the asymmetrical intersection, often at speed. It is also an important gateway into the CBD and the slower traffic environment. As more residents move into the eastern end of the CBD, along Queen Victoria Street, they need a safe way to be able walk and ride to the centre of Fremantle, the train and bus station.
This is why the City of Fremantle has developed a plan, and secured Perth Bike Network funding, to upgrade the intersection. The draft plan will be discussed at the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee tonight. Further community consultation and detailed design work will then take place, with construction planned for the following financial year.
The detailed concept plan, shown below, includes wider footpaths, realigning curbs so that the crossing distance is reduced, removing unnecessary slip lanes and improving bike lanes. It also includes better protection for the historic Proclamation Tree, a new tree and more landscaping, seating and a new entry into Princess May Park
The concept will be open for public comment soon, but in the meantime, feel free to leave your feedback below.