Let's Make Beaufort Street Safer Through Inglewood and Mount Lawley
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On a daily basis residents and businesses on and close to the stretch of Beaufort Street through the City of Stirling have to deal with speeding cars. This makes crossing the road, especially for children and the elderly, a risky affair. And far too often, the sound of honking horns and screeching tires makes those nearby nervous that it might result in the crunch of metal or worse.
Overwhelming research from the likes of the Heart Foundation and the State Government's own 'Towards Zero' Road Safety Strategy shows that reduced traffic speeds result in less fatal accidents and make it easier for cars, people and bikes to cross and travel along busy roads.
Beaufort Street through the Mount Lawley town centre used to suffer the same affliction until the City of Vincent, Main Roads and community groups implemented a variable 40 km/h speed zone. Basically, when there are lots of people around, the signs flash 40. When there aren't so many people around, the signs return to 60.
The trial has been an overwhelming success. Locals support its continued implementation and businesses have been better off with more people around willing to linger for longer.
The established Mount Lawley section is roughly 800m long which equates to an extra travel time of around 30 seconds. Extending the variable speed zone though to Wood/Nelson Streets would only add an extra 1.5 to 2 minutes to a trip but would make it so much safer for everyone.
Inglewood on Beaufort has received a great deal of support for such an initiative from local businesses, IOB members and the City of Stirling (via conversations with Councillors and City staff).
During IOB's Inglewood Night Markets the speed is reduced to 40km/h which instantly creates a safer, more comfortable environment for those enjoying a bite to eat, live music or a browse of the many fantastic shops along the strip.
IOB is keen to work with the City and Main Roads on the behalf of businesses and the community to find a way forward that reduces speeds and returns a village vibe to our main street, makes it easier to cross the road, encourages more alfresco dining and helps businesses who are currently struggling to attract more customers.
For these reasons, we, the undersigned, call upon Main Roads WA and the City of Stirling to facilitate the introduction of permanent Variable Speed Signs to provide a reduced speed limit from 60km/h to 40 km/h on Beaufort Street from Walcott Street in Mount Lawley to Wood and Nelson Streets in Inglewood during peak periods of pedestrian activity.
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