The Department of Transport’s Safe Active Streets Program has identified Surrey Road in the City of Belmont as a suitable street for an exciting new pilot project – a Bicycle Boulevard.
The project objective is to make a local street safer and more community friendly by lowering vehicle speeds and making it easier for people to ride their bikes for local trips like to school, community facilities, shops or to the local park.
Why Surrey Road for a Bike Boulevard?
- Surrey Road is already identified as a Bicycle Friendly Route with many bike riders using it every day.
- It has been identified in the Perth Bike Network (SE21) for many years, and already has low traffic volumes.
- The corridor passes two schools, a college, three parks, a local centre and community centre.
- It connects to four roads with on road bike lanes and intersects with Perth Bike Network route SE16.
- The corridor connects the new PSP bike path along Leach Highway with bike routes to Victoria Park (via the Orrong Road pedestrian/bike bridge) and to the Swan River/Perth City (via Great Eastern Highway underpass and bike route alongside Graham Farmer Freeway).
The concept was successfully taken to the community in December of 2015. City designers have been working closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads Western Australia throughout this process, however due to the concept being new there have been challenges along the way.
December 2017 Update
The City has commenced construction in the northern section of the bike boulevard corridor on Surrey Road between Francisco Street and the Great Eastern Highway underpass and Newey Street between Surrey Road and Orrong Road overpass. This includes five sets of one lane slow points and two raised plateaus at the intersections of Surrey Road with Newey and Clague Streets. The bike boulevard line marking and new symbols are in place for these sections.
Feedback from local residents regarding the first two sets of slow points installed suggested that the standard design needed to be updated. The subsequent three sets of slow points were installed on Surrey Road (between Newey Street and Francisco Street) with more space between islands and a less severe angle for the vehicle to pass through. To ensure consistency and to address community concerns, the City will be reworking the first two slow points over the Christmas school holiday period. Work relating to these changes is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018.
Major intersection designs
The City has experienced some unfortunate delays in gaining the required agreement on the detailed design of the first major intersection (Francisco Street and Surrey Road). The City anticipates this approval imminently. Delays here have in turn affected scheduling for remaining sections of the corridor. However once the Francisco Street intersection has been approved, constructed and tested by stakeholders, the others will follow in relatively quick succession.
Reduced speed limit
Once the new treatments are in place for each section the speed limit can be changed to 30km/h. The implementation of the speed change is the responsibility of Main Roads WA. The City continues to work closely with the State Government agencies on all aspects of this project.
Great Eastern Highway underpass approach
The Great Eastern Highway underpass approach upgrade is still on track with the original timing. The City has commenced the engagement of a design consultant to undertake the detailed design for this part of the project. The site is clearly constrained due to proximity of surrounding roads, level changes and lot boundaries. The road reserve also contains significant utility infrastructure which also limits options.
The City has been in discussions with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and has submitted the necessary applications to remove native vegetation in conflict with the Bike Boulevard connection through the reserve. The alignment is primarily along the fence line in the cleared easement/fire break and was chosen due to the limited impact on the reserve, surrounding trees and native vegetation.
Once the necessary approvals are received, construction is expected to move forward swiftly and the City intends to complete the majority of the remaining works by mid 2018.
Can be directed to the City’s TravelSmart officer on email@example.com or 9477 7163.
December 2016 Update
Change to alignment
During the early design phase some potential safety issues have forced the project team to consider a change to the original alignment around Tomato Lake area in Kewdale. The proposed change eliminates a number of conflict points between pedestrians, bicycle users and vehicles. It connects Cohn Street to President Street via the fire break/easement on the edge of Tomato Lake Reserve. It utilises existing crossing infrastructure at the President Street roundabout and continues the remaining length of Jeffery Street.