Vincent Street pedestrian crosswalk up and running

Perth MP John Carey, local resident Molly Tipping and City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the new Vincent Street crossing. Picture: Simon Duffecy.
Perth MP John Carey, local resident Molly Tipping and City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the new Vincent Street crossing. Picture: Simon Duffecy.

THE LIGHTS are on and ready to help locals get home.

A new pedestrian crosswalk is now operating on Vincent Street next to Beatty Park, the second of three in an election promise from Perth MP John Carey.

Resident Molly Tipping said she and another local had gone up to Mr Carey when he was the City of Vincent Mayor and floated the idea of a crosswalk on Vincent Street.

“It’s a busy, big street and a lot of kids in the area go to North Perth Primary School, Beatty Park pool, the park, and the beautiful wetlands walk – it felt like a nice way of being able to connect this section of North Perth right through to the city,” she said.

“The reality is, the little pedestrian median strip used to be very small. If you had a pram and were trying to cross the road, or your child was on a tiny bike, it was freaky, there’s no doubt about it.

“Cars are going really fast and there’s not a lot of leeway on this narrow street. You’d be huddled hoping everyone’s going to be safe.”

Mr Carey said it was brilliant to see the crosswalk up and running, and pedestrian safety was critical.

“I’m very pleased to have delivered this as an election commitment to the community,” he said.

“I want to congratulate the parents, they brought it on the agenda.”

Vincent Mayor Emma Cole said it was exciting to see what could be achieved when the community, local and state governments advocated together.

“For the longest time we thought Main Roads would simply say no, so to start to get pedestrian crossings on major roads is exciting,” she said.

Around $600,000 was budgeted for the three crossing upgrades, with the first installed at Fitzgerald Street in North Perth and the next approved for Charles Street near Selkirk Street.

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