Why was Ruislip Street chosen as the main avenue for the project?
Ruislip Street is an east-west corridor within of the Town of Cambridge that has less traffic volumes than its Cambridge and Grantham Street counterparts to the north and south.
Who will benefit from the safe active streets?
The aim is to make streets safer for everyone and are a convenient, easy and sociable way to get around. They are designed to create comfortable
environments for road users with all levels of experience. Safe active streets allow mums, dads, children, senior citizens and others to make short trips on bikes to schools, parks, shops or visiting neighbours.
They also have additional tree plantings to provide a shady and cooler street for street users.
Aside from the improved visual appeal of the street, more local people will be using the street increasing the natural surveillance in the area and improving community connections.
How is the project being funded?
The project is funded by the Department of Transport Safe Active Streets Program with $2.2 million awarded to the Town of Cambridge for concept, detailed design and construction of the infrastructure.
All other expenses associated with the project are funded from the program budget but are not included in the grant. These costs will include consultant fees, data collection and communications collateral.
Can cars still pass bike riders?
Yes, as per WA road rules a driver may overtake a bike rider if there is enough space to do so safely (with a minimum of one metre passing distance), they have a clear view of the road ahead and they do not exceed the 30kmh speed limit.
How does the Safe Active Streets Project fit into the State’s transport network?
Perth has all the ingredients needed for great walking and bike riding – a warm climate, flat topography and outstanding natural beauty. As our population increases and more people live near centres of activity, walking and cycling can play a big part in helping to reduce congestion, improve air quality, support local businesses and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.
Will there be any inconvenience to the residents along the proposed safe active street?
Yes, there will be some inconvenience during the construction stages, however it is not anticipated that there will be any inconvenience once the works have been completed. This project aims to increase residential amenity by creating a quieter and safer environment.
When is the project expected to be completed?
If the project receives community support, then it is expected to be completed by June 2021.
If the project is supported by the community, what happens next?
A report will be presented to Council seeking approval to implement the project. Any design modifications required will be undertaken in partnership with the Department of Transport with a final design presented to the Community. A tender process will be called which will include a construction timeline.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is provided in good faith and believed to be accurate at time of publication. The Town shall in no way be liable for any loss sustained or incurred by anyone relying on the information. September 2020.