City of Joondalup looking at measures to slow road casualties

City of Joondalup looking at measures to slow road casualties

THE City of Joondalup will investigate the possibility of reducing speed limits around shopping centres and community facilities.

Joondalup councillors at last month’s meeting unanimously endorsed a road safety action plan for 2016 to 2020.

It aims to reduce vehicle-related crashes and road trauma and to highlight the ways the City addresses road safety.

It follows the Safe System approach adopted in national and state road safety strategies, which includes safe road users, safe roads and roadsides, safe speeds and safe vehicles.

“It is anticipated the application of the Safe System approach will reduce the likelihood of serious injuries and fatalities from road crashes in the City,” a council document said.

Last September, then councillor Geoff Amphlett asked for a report on the feasibility of including a specific target of zero deaths and serious injuries in all City of Joondalup school precincts in the new road safety action plan.

His motion said the Road Safety Commission had a statewide aspiration of ‘towards zero’ for deaths and serious injuries “but no specific target date is given”.

“This motion is an attempt to break the aspiration into smaller and local achievable targets, the first being to reduce road trauma around the 50-plus schools in the City of Joondalup,” it said.

“By focusing the City’s resources on the specific target of zero deaths or serious injuries within school precincts by a set date, it will give us a measure of our success or otherwise.”

The new plan has recognised the motion and provides the basis for more engagement between the City and schools regarding issues such as illegal parking, unsafe road use and traffic management.

“It also encourages schools and its wider community to acknowledge the importance of each individual’s responsibility of ensuring that no children are killed or seriously injured around a school
precinct,” the council document said.

At the June 12 briefing, Mayor Troy Pickard said he was “not sure it was a very aspirational action plan”.

He asked if there were any innovative concepts the City could incorporate, such as 40km/h speed limits around shopping centres and community facilities.

At the following meeting, Mr Pickard moved an alternative motion to include investigating the potential for “improving roundabout designs to increase capacity and performance during peak periods” and to investigate options for “speed limit reductions around suburban shopping centres and/or community facilities”.

From January 2010 to December 2014, there were 10,819 recorded crashes on City-managed roads, of which 15 were fatal and 303 were hospitalisations.