Safe Active Street concept explored

Friday, 6 March 2020

The City of Bunbury will accept funding from the Department of Transport for concept design work and consultation looking into making Stirling Street in East Bunbury a Safe Active Street – the first of its kind in regional WA.

Bunbury City Council this week supported accepting the $50,000 in funding along with requesting City staff to engage a consultant to carry out the project.

The design work and consultation will be fully funded by DoT after the department made contact with the City to express its interest in a regional pilot project similar to one undertaken by them in the City of Bayswater.

Safe Active Streets are cycle routes which can incorporate a range of measures to provide a safer shared street space for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

While the design of Safe Active Streets can vary depending on the environment, examples of measures could include single-lane slow points, traffic islands, tree planting and landscaping and a reduction in road speed.

The design work will help determine what might be suitable for Stirling Street, before any plans go out for community consultation.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said Stirling Street was a popular area for both pedestrians and cyclists and the City looked forward to seeing what might be possible.

“It’s fantastic that the Department of Transport has identified a street in our City for a possible Safe Active Street pilot project,” Mayor Brennan said.

“The City aims to provide attractive streetscapes and pathways to make it easier and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and any outside help we can get with this is welcomed.”

Stirling Street was chosen due to its significance as a cycling connection, its unique character as a heritage area, low traffic volumes and resident requests to promote lower speeds in the area.

Community consultation will take place once the concept design is finalised, which is expected to be completed before June 2020.