Traffic changes to stay on Main Street

Main Street, Osborne Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Main Street, Osborne Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

PARKING bays will remain along Main Street in Osborne Park despite being underutilised.

A City of Stirling review of changes between Federal and Eldorado streets, including the installation of on-street parking bays in August and a reduced 40km/h speed limit introduced in October 2017, recommended maintaining both despite their limited success.

A report presented at the March 12 council meeting found there was little support for the bays; survey feedback was that they were not often used, not needed because parking was sufficient, and unsafe.

But two thirds of survey respondents supported the two-year 40km/h speed zone trial, with the report finding it had reduced speeds by an average of 4.9km/h to 51km/h within the zone, which was less than anticipated.

The City’s report did not support installing traffic treatments such as speed cushions or humps and said it had previously investigated changes to traffic lights at the Main and Hutton streets intersection but Main Roads objected.

Council voted to continue monitoring the area and for the City to investigate activation measures to support traffic calming.

Community group Main Street Co-Op has pushed for ways to revitalise Main Street and make it pedestrian-friendly, leading the campaign for on-street parking and a reduced speed limit.

Member Colleen Thompson said it wanted “visual cues” to slow drivers rather than speed humps, such as tree planting and coloured asphalt within the centre.

“The Main Street Co-Op is now working closely with the City of Stirling to deliver streetscape improvements along Main Street,” she said.

“This will include capital works by the City of Stirling, as well as events and smaller projects that the Co-Op will directly work on over the next 12 months.”

Cr Giovanni Italiano last year sought to extend on-street parking from Eldorado to Cape streets, with a decision deferred several times for the City to provide more information, including community feedback.

The report presented on March 12 found little support for additional bays and that it would cost at least $120,000 and require removal of 60 mature trees.

Council unanimously rejected the proposal.

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