Ruislip Street Safe Active Streets (SAS)

  • Project typeStreetscaping
  • Project scheduleJune 2022 to June 2023: See below for progress updates

The Town of Cambridge has received a grant from the Department of Transport to cover 100 per cent of the costs to upgrade Bourneville Street, Ruislip Street, sections of Northwood Street, and Woolwich Street to “Safe Active Street” (SAS) standards.

This will be achieved by introducing traffic reduction and traffic calming measures to decrease traffic volumes and lower vehicle speeds to 30 km/h . When completed it will form part of the Town’s Bicycle Network and improve the neighbourhood amenity.

The Ruislip Street SAS Project includes the design and construction of a 3.8km Safe Active Street route that forms part of the City Beach-West Leederville corridor.

The works includes the installation of red asphalt to delineate shared spaces, black asphalt to delineate parking spaces, intersection priority changes, raised plateaux intersections, kerbing and drainage improvements, tree plantings, line marking, and signage.

Progress Updates

Construction works are now complete with the following activities planned or underway; the Road Safety pre-opening audit, subsequent corrective actions, and the activation event.

The Road Safety Pre-Opening Audit was undertaken on the 25 July, the report issued to officers on 30 August 2023. A copy of the report and its findings is available under the related information section on the project page.

There are 14 findings and recommended corrective measures identified with the majority being minor in nature. The corrective actions are summarised as follows:

  1. Seven (7) relating to pavement and signage infrastructure.
  2. Two (2) relating pruning of vegetation.
  3. Two (2) relating to identified sightlines issues with third party infrastructure.
  4. One (1) relating to review of parking restrictions along the route.
  5. One (1) relating to Build out priority; and
  6. One (1) relating to the Harborne and Ruislip Street intersection.

Nine (9) corrective actions (items 1 and 2) relate to pruning of vegetation and line marking adjustments which have been issued to contractors and to Main Roads WA for action and approval.

Next Stage

The remaining five (5) corrective actions (items 3 to 6 above) are considered minor, however there are complexities as these relate to a change to the original design. These outstanding corrective actions are expected to be considered by Council at the November Ordinary Council Meeting.


What are Safe Active Streets?

They are local streets with few cars, travelling at low speeds, that prioritise bike riding and enhance conditions for walking. They are an important new part of Perth’s integrated transport network offering safe and comfortable routes for people using alternative modes of transport to cars.

Safe Active Streets provide an active transport connection between parks, schools, shops, workplaces and where people live, delivering a range of transport options for short trips and the daily commute.

How do Safe Active Streets operate?

Safe Active Streets bring together vehicle, cyclist and other non-motorised vehicle users into the road environment. This is done by providing a low-speed environment through physical measures to slow vehicle speeds down and provide confidence to cyclists of all skill levels.

Changing road environments make drivers more attentive. A range of intersection treatments along the Safe Active Streets route can provide options for crossing dependent on the pedestrians' level of confidence.

How will a Safe Active Street improve safety?

Choosing quiet streets with lower traffic volumes offers an immediate safety advantage. Installing traffic calming measures makes the street more attractive for residents and inviting for bike riders and pedestrians.

Access for residents with cars remains the same. Depending on the location, some on-street parking may be modified. This will be carried out in consultation with residents. The core purpose of a Safe Active Street is to create a safer, quieter and nicer environment for our locals, returning the street to the community. As local residents gain a better understanding of how to safely navigate the road, change behaviour and reduce driver speeds to the designed maximum 30km/h, the street and all its users will be in a pedestrian friendly environment. 

Why was Ruislip Street selected?

The Town of Cambridge’s Bike Plan, consulted and adopted in July 2018, recommended Ruislip Street for a Safe Active Street treatment given its high catchment area, existing education connections, and linking Floreat with West Leederville as an east-west corridor for cycling infrastructure. 

What consultation has occurred on the Safe Active Street?

Following a grant application in 2018, community engagement was undertaken in late 2020 on the design of the Safe Active Street route. The outcome of this engagement was presented to Council and adopted in December 2020.

The Town is now undertaking further community engagement on recommended intersection treatment changes. The outcomes of this consultation will be presented back to Council in the near future to guide the outcome of each intersection treatment.

Why couldn’t bike lanes be installed?

Ruislip Street was recommended for a Safe Active Street treatment which provides a shared space for vehicles, cyclists, and other non-motorised users. The aim of the project is to integrate road users in a safe environment rather than separate them.

How do the current build out treatments improve road safety by forcing cyclists onto the opposite side of the road?

The road width alongside the buildouts (road narrowing measures) is wide enough for two vehicles to pass and is similar to situations where parking is permitted on roads. Motorists will need to drive more carefully in a buildout section of road and keep their vehicle to the left-hand side. This will result in slower vehicle speed, making the environment safer for all users.

The general principle is that on approach to the buildouts, drivers reduce their speed, allowing any rider to take priority. If the obstruction is on the side of street that you are traveling on, and the width of the road is not sufficient for passing, then the driver should give way to oncoming traffic. All road users should exercise caution on approach to any obstruction.

What can be done to the build out (road narrowing) treatments already installed?

A safety review was undertaken in November 2022 with a focus on Safe System principles as well as a realism of how residents currently utilise the route. Safe System recognises it is not possible to prevent all crashes but aims to prevent serious injuries by seeking to better manage the interaction between road users, roads and roadsides, travel speeds and modes of transport.  It involves different elements of the system working together to help eliminate death and serious injury. It involves shared responsibility in reaching this objective, including road users and road managers each taking a role.

The focus is on the potential road safety review findings that have the potential to result in fatal or serious injury or findings that are likely to result in the following crash types above the related speed environment: head-on (>70 km/h), right angle (>50 km/h), run off road impact object (>40 km/h), and crashes involving vulnerable road users (>30 km/h), as these crash types are known to result in higher severity outcomes at relatively lower speed environments.

In brief, the safety review found no critical design elements that may adversely lead to a crash as a result of the design. General travel speeds along the route are unlikely to reach above 50km/h as the route as a whole has been designed for a lower, safer speed environment. A number of recommendations regarding specific elements where previous devices existed and identified the inclusion of the addition one additional plateau. 

These recommendations are currently being reviewed with a post-construction Road Safety Audit to be undertaken following this signage and pavement markings are installed.

When will the 30km/h speed limit be in place?

As of Monday 19 December 2022, Stages 1 and 2 will have the regulatory speed limit reduced from the default limit of 50 km/h to 30km/h. 

Stage 1 – Bournville Street, Floreat between The Boulevard and Selby Street

Stage 2 – Ruislip Street, Wembley between Selby Street and Harborne Street. 

This change represents a significant achievement for the Town, as the area bounded by Grantham Selby Cambridge and Harborne Street had local traffic management devices installed in the late 1990s with the aim of an area-wide 40km/h speed limit. Plans to introduce a 40km/h speed limit did not eventuate in the early 2000s, as the State’s default speed limit changed from 60km/h to 50km/h in June 2001.

As of 30 January 2023, Stage 3 sections will have the regulatory speed limit reduced from the default limit of 50km/hr to 30km/hr, specifically: 

  • Ruislip Street between Harborne Street and Northwood Street, 
  • Northwood Street between Lake Monger Drive and Railway Parade, and 
  • Woolwich Street between Northwood Street and Southport Street.

What can be done to enforce the 30km/h speed limit?

Western Australian Police is the organisation responsible for enforcement of posted limits within the State. The Town has notified the local district officers of the new posted limit and has made request for patrols to assist in education. The Safe Active Street creates a built environment that discourages speeding behaviour, the Town will monitor the changes post completion

What about glare issues and visibility sunset/sunrise?

East-west orientated roads will naturally have two periods each day where glare is present to road users. The buildouts (road narrowing measure) Landscaping includes an additional 54 trees and over 3,500 plants to provide a pleasant and cool environment for the local community. This avenue of trees will assist in reducing glare during early morning and late afternoon times.

Why are you undertaking this work when other roads or intersections need work done?

The Town is always working on multiple areas of the road network at any one time. Work relating to traffic improvement, safety concerns, ongoing maintenance requirements, or fulfilling strategic objectives often occurs concurrently.

While the funding for this project cannot be reallocated, the Town is also currently undertaking planning and construction works in other locations to address safety and network performance issues.


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