Here we see again Fremantle’s campaign to drive out cars, keep cars, their drivers and their cash out of Fremantle.
Recently the Mayor Brad Pettitt was quoted that the proposed Perth freight link would cut Fremantle off from cars coming into the city hence crippling its economy. Sorry isn’t that what the Mayor and council having been doing for years, trying to keep cars out of Fremantle. They are doing their best to stop people in Fremantle even owning a car, as we saw from the city’s new car parking policy they just voted on at SGS.
These pictures attached are one of the reasons why cars aren’t coming into Fremantle, its part of the anti-car campaign.
This street and many others have worked fine for decades, this one with a pedestrian crossing just a 100m or so up the street supplies constant windows to give you an easy safe access out to do a right hand turn on to Phillimore St from Pakenham Sts, T-junction.
The island just in front makes it harder to turn off Short St into Pakenham. Also making it more dangerous to turn onto Pakenham as now you have to pull into the lane of traffic heading north, which view is partially blocked by the building.
Where as you can see from the google maps pic, before was a much safer and sensible design.
Driving in Fremantle is not just a simple task of watching where traffic should be coming from but also watching for the cyclists and skateboarders riding on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way down a one way street. Here is a clear example of where the city change has made this intersection more dangerous.
On Adelaide St another classic of their anti-car strategy that actually makes the design more dangerous for all road users, this gem I have already complained to the city about when it was 1st done. At the time I also pointed out that apart from the design being stupid and completely void of common sense has no warning signs for users of the street that a modified road layout is ahead.
Now we see it littered with broken temporary road signs, no painted curbs or reflective signs to signal the hazard ahead. When you come around the corner from Parry St to turn left onto Adelaide St, you veer right so you can turn left, makes sense? To make it worse before it was a merging road, now you have to do a 90% turn to get out on the street, your wing mirrors being obsolete for this manoeuvre, so you must drive left while looking right. The other challenge I found on my first navigation of the road disaster was, I had a cyclist coming against the flow of traffic up the green lane towards my left, with a bus on my right, you can’t look 2 ways at once.
It’s all this constant road modification that makes driving in Fremantle more difficult and dangerous for all road users. It’s clearly just part of the anti-car campaign to discourage drivers from coming to town. So Brad, no need to worry about Barnett’s Freight Link killing off access to Freo, your constant screwing up of the road network and parking has beaten Barnett to the punch.
A quote from Brad from the The Wests piece, “We’ve been putting in so much effort trying to bring Fremantle back to life economically. This is one of those macro issues that could undo a lot of that good work.” Brad what you are blaming on Barnett is something you are doing right now, Brad the macro issue is that if people can’t park they don’t come, if driving around to find a parking space is a massive pain in the ass they just go somewhere else next time. Every booming shopping precinct has reasonable traffic flow and lots of free parking, fremantle has neither, no cars, no vibrant economy, well not unless he can point to an example in here in WA, somewhere to prove different. Freo mayor warns over Link hazard
After a decade of decline can’t they see their direction is not working, trying to pin Fremantle’s future outcome on Barnett is lame to say the least, for sure he hasn’t done us any favours but his road if and how or where it happens has no effect on the last decade of Fremantle’s Decline. The legacy Brad will leave is the Mayor who helped choke the life out of Fremantle with his councils anti-car ideology, you will regularly hear council say they are not anti-car, but their actions tell a different story?
Anti- parking policy for new developments
Selling off carparks
Cancer like death of street parking
Hazardous road modifications
Anti-car transport Policy
Policy to develop over car parking at the train station
Festivals taking over the streets
Removal of Parking permits for future developments in the CDB
Ridiculous speed limit proposals of 10km/hr
Trying to attempt to restrict car ownership in the suburbs to one car (see you tube clip)
Creating more rat runs through the suburbs with closures of side street exits or entries
Adding density to suburbs without traffic impact modelling to suburbs (the constant complaints from McCabe St precinct)
Plans to close streets to cars completely.
Complicated residents parking system for the CBD
The list just goes on and on.
This is not about being anti bikes, cycling should be encouraged as it adds another dimension to the city but not increased by driving out motor traffic.
After watching Brads you tube interview, ask some questions
Where does Brad live in a small apartment or a big house, how many people live in it?
Where does Brad park his car in Fremantle, who pays for his parking space who pays for his car?
How many parking permits does the city hand out to its staff for free parking in the CBD?
Its ok for them to drive cars, park in the CBD, but not for the rest of us, sounds pretty hypocritical to me.
From the interview it’s clearly a message of, Do as I Say, Not As I Do – (Says) Council