Osborne Park: 40km/h speed limit trial for Main St

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A 40KPH speed zone trial will be installed on Main Street in Osborne Park by the end of October, says the City of Stirling and Balcatta MLA David Michael.

Community group Main Street Co-op has been pushing for slower speeds in the area since early last year to end the “freeway” atmosphere on the street.

Mr Michael said the City was working with the Main Street Co-op to determine how a $40,000 State Government grant would be spent to improve the precinct.

However, Main Street Co-op co-chairperson Tania Pietracatella said the group was focussing on community feedback and had launched a survey via the group’s Facebook page.

Ms Pietracatella said the group was lobbying for a pedestrian-friendly cafe strip for residents and small businesses.

“Next we are going to seek out an urban designer to draw up a simple plan and work towards that with the City of Stirling,” she said.

“We think that $40,000 is better spent on a plan rather than physical small wins; that’s not going to change the freeway atmosphere of Main Street.”

Main Street Co-op co-chairperson Louis Anastasas said the group could not get started on any smaller projects until the 40km trial was in place.

“The speed trial was our first win and we have just been sitting here waiting for 12 months,” he said.

“Once that is installed then we can see what needs to organically happen rather than force something to happen in the street; we need to gauge the reaction of that trial before we can move forward.”