The SAS program is a Department of Transport (DoT) innovative strategy that aligns with the objectives of the Town’s Bike Plan 2018. The program identifies missing links in the DoT strategic bike network that redefines the function of local streets by providing safe walking and cycling routes to local amenities. This is achieved by introducing traffic reduction and traffic calming measures to decrease traffic volumes and lower vehicle speeds to 30 km/h, thus improving neighbourhood amenity. The Town was successful in obtaining a $2,200,000 grant from DoT for the design and construction of a SAS along Ruislip Street.
A community engagement process regarding the proposed design was a requirement as part of the DoT funding agreement. The consultation period for submissions opened 15 September 2020 and closed 26 October 2020, with the Town receiving 234 submissions in total. A report regarding the results of the community consultation was presented to Council at its meeting held 15 December 2020.
An additional report regarding feedback received as a result of a design peer-review process was presented to Council at its meeting held 25 May 2021. Council resolved to proceed with the works as per the Administrations recommendation.
Construction is planned to commence in September 2021 and be completed by January 2022.