Safe Speed Workshop

Posted on: Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

WALGA RoadWise Officer's hosted a workshop for Local Government technical staff, Elected Members and RoadWise committee chairs on safe speed in September.

Attendees included representatives from:

City of Armadale                                             City of Cockburn

City of Fremantle                                            City of Gosnells

City of Joondalup                                            City of Kwinana

City of Melville                                                Town of Mosman Park

City of Rockingham                                        City of Stirling

City of Swan                                                   Town of Victoria Park

City of Vincent                                                City of Wanneroo

Presentations by guest speakers Inspector Ian Clarke (WA Police), Mal Shervill (WALGA), Nigel Matthew (Urbsol), and Paul Roberts (ARRB Group) included the Enhanced Speed Enforcement Project, new metropolitan policing model, the new Local Road Crash Report 2012 and Crash Map Book 2012 and Safe Speeds in the Local Government Context.

Dwight Kostusik from the City of Fremantle presented on a project involving 30km speed limits in Fremantle CBD. Matthew MacPherson from Town of Mosman Park presented on Bay View Terrace Shared Space upgrade, a 2014 Local Government Road Safety Award winning project he was involved in whilst previously working at Town of Claremont.

Discussion on a range of topics provided an opportunity to identify various challenges facing Local Government as well as sharing ideas and opportunities. Of interest was the Enhanced Speed Enforcement Project and how police use speed data provided by Local Government and the follow on stage of the project involving the provision of feedback data from police to Local Government regarding specific areas of concern. Attendees also discussed at length ways that road environments could be changed to encourage lower travel speeds, who to work with and how to bring those stakeholders along.

Information regarding some of the reasons that people speed as well as what measures can best impact this gave participants ideas for controlling speed on their roads. The Local Government case studies that were presented provided practical examples of how innovative ideas to address travel speeds have been put into practice.

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