THE installation of traffic calming measures along Osborne Park’s busy Main Street, is hopefully the first of many changes to the strip, according to Main Street Co-Op co-chairperson Tania Pietracatella.
Mrs Pietracatella who along with co-chairperson Louis Anastasas has been lobbying for a pedestrian-friendly cafe hub for almost two years, said though she was happy to see the 40km/h flashing lights installed, it would take drivers some getting used to and she would continue to push for a safer area.
“We had many meetings with councillors and Main Roads about traffic calming on Main Street,” she said.
“The signs have been installed since, and in fact, if you watch the traffic, very few people do 40km/h.
“It’s great they are in, but there is a lot more work to do on the road before the traffic slows down, and it will take time.”
After several slow starts to activate the area Mrs Pietracatella said the Co-op was currently working the City of Stirling to start a proper ‘urban design plan’ so that Main Street got the long overdue facelift its community deserved.
“It is impossible to make changes if there is no plan in place,” she said.
“The Co-op had decided that we would no longer move forward without a proper ‘plan’ for Main Street, because it would be unethical for us to spend taxpayer money willy-nilly in order to achieve quick wins.
“It does not reflect who we are, a mural here and there won’t change the reality of Main Street.
“The Co-op have been collecting community feedback via a survey so our residents and business owners can tell us what they would like to see happen in their hub.
“There are big changes to come and the flashing signs are only the beginning.”
The two year trial, which will be funded by City at a cost of $75,000, will be measured by traffic survey data, crash data and speeds according to City engineering design manager Paul Giamov.