Future Public Transport for Freo

An artists impression of what the Fremantle tram could look like

Last week, as part of my work on transport issues with (Greens) Senator Scott Ludlam, I conducted four public forums seeking community feedback on the State Government’s 20 year public transport plan for Perth (www.transport.wa.gov.au/ABOUT_P_PT_Plan2031.pdf).

On Thursday the final session was in Fremantle, with about 40 people participating. The key issues raised by participants were:

  • better intergration with bicycles
  • approaches to train stations be more pedestrian friendly
  • prioritise rail over roads
  • light rail rather than bus rapid transit for Fremantle region by 2020 (particularly to cope with Murdoch Activity Centre and Cockburn Coast) Continue reading

Creative King

David Engwicht and I in Kings Square

On Friday I was thrilled to spend the day with about 50 community members, City of Fremantle staff and councillors and one of my favourite creative thinkers; David Engwicht. Together we developed a range of inexpensive, immediate ways to make Kings Square more vibrant, safe, inviting and successful.

It was a great day with lots of innovative and realistic ideas raised. With a budget and resources available and people agreeing to take responsibility for implementing proposals – it was a rare moment of opportunity to be siezed!  Continue reading

Bikes make dollars & cents!

As an avid cyclist and member of the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group, I appreciate the recent improvements to cycling facilities in Fremantle, but there is still work to do.

South Terrace, from the markets to Wray Avenue, is a death trap for cyclists. I witnessed one cyclist get hit by a bus at the lights and my colleague was hit by a bus outside the hospital. I ride the same stretch of road everyday and regularly feel at risk, especially from busses. Continue reading