Move all freeway on-ramp speed signs in Perth to a safer, more efficient location.

Move all freeway on-ramp speed signs in Perth to a safer, more efficient location.

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Mike Wazowski started this petition to Main Roads Western Australia

This is a petition to re-position all existing speed signs at the entry ramps to the Perth freeways to a position that is both safer and more functional.

 

We, the undersigned, believe that moving all "100kmh" speed signs from the middle of the entry ramps to within the first 30 meters of the entry ramps will serve several purposes that are beneficial to all roads users:

1) By extending the length of the entry ramp past the signpost we can allow vehicles to accelerate to freeway speed more gently, making for a safer on-ramp.

2) Reducing the number of road users entering the freeway below 100km/h (by allowing less confident drivers and less capable vehicles such as heavy trucks more time to reach the speed limit) will also allow them to merge at a far lower speed differential than they currently do, making merging far safer and less congested.

3) By allowing vehicles to start accelerating to freeway speed far earlier on the entry ramp there will be less congested traffic behind them allowing for a greater number of cars to pass onto the ramp each light change at intersections governed by traffic lights, reducing congestion on roads connecting to our freeways.

All the above points work hand in hand towards a cleaner flowing entry to our main corridor of travel, and should also promote a change in mentality towards merging traffic as well as reducing incidences of road rage and accidents caused by impatience.

 

According to the data provided by Main Roads WA, approximately 108,528 vehicles use the Mitchell Freeway (measured at Ocean Reef Road) and 185,700 vehicle use the Kwinana Freeway (measured at Narrows Bridge) every day. This is a real issue that affects at least 290,000 people EVERY DAY, and can be solved in a realistic way, at a reasonable cost.

As tax-paying citizens in a democratic society we should absolutely have a say in how our infrastructure is further developed, and with the government having such a strong concern about road safety there is no good reason to ignore a sensible suggestion like this that will only serve to benefit everyone.

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