THE article in last week’s edition headlined “Island Fantasy – Design won’t help traffic” highlighted the simplistic approach of the City of Stirling’s engineering group when it comes to traffic (speed) management.
The City’s Paul Giamov made it clear that in the case of the Flora Terrace traffic islands, moving the bus stop was not considered and that the Public Transport Authority had not been consulted.
How bad is that?
He went on to say, “there are many locations in the City where traffic islands are located adjacent to bus stops and motorists are required to wait”
I can accept that in densely built-up areas and CBD streets, but how sensible is that for Watermans Bay or North Beach, where co-ordination of traffic islands and bus stops can provide a solution that satisfies both traffic flow and speed control?
One of the most appalling examples of failure to do this is in North Beach Road along the northern and eastern frontages of Karrinyup Country Club.
Heaven help you if you are caught behind a southbound bus at a bus stop along that stretch, especially if it stops outside the caravan park near the veterinary clinic, since the long, unbroken median island prevents passing the bus.
I have seen four to five cars in a queue behind a bus, waiting for quite some time while a group of people embarks and pays the driver one at a time.
Breaking up the median island to allow passing would be a simple answer, as would moving the bus stop.
Equally, the excessive number of small islands along other parts of that road prevents drivers from safely passing rubbish trucks, resulting in drivers skirting around islands – a real hazard.
The City can and should do better.