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Local Representation Advisory Committee Leichhardt

2 August 2016

 

Item No:         LL0816 Item 6

Subject:         Alfred Street, Rozelle - Traffic Calming Report   

File Ref:         16/6014/85446.16        

Prepared By: John Stephens – Traffic Manager, Leichhardt

Authorised By: Peter Gainsford - Director, Major Projects and Engineering  

 

SUMMARY

To advise on the results of recent vehicular speed counts taken in Alfred Street, Rozelle.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT LRAC note the following recommendations:

 

1.   That radar speed display units be installed in Alfred Street, Rozelle, between Gordon Street and Denison Street facing eastbound and westbound traffic for a 6-month period and the results be reported back to the Traffic Committee.

2.   That Council notifies residents that "SLOW DOWN IN MY STREET" stickers will be affixed to waste bins of every second property in association with the above radar speed display units.

3.   That the affected residents be notified of Council's resolution.

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

The Local Traffic Committee at its meeting held on 3rd December 2015 considered a request from a number of residents in Alfred Street for Council to install traffic calming treatments in Alfred Street between Gordon Street and Denison Street.

 

The Committee noted that the majority of vehicles were travelling below the 50km/h signposted speed limit and there had been no reported collisions in the RMS 5 year reported accident history (2009-2014).  The recorded vehicular volume was also noted to be acceptable.

 

The Committee recommended:

 

a)   "That radar speed display units be installed in Alfred Street, Rozelle, between Gordon Street and Denison Street facing eastbound and westbound traffic for a 6-month period and the results be reported back to the Committee.

b)   That Council notifies residents that "SLOW DOWN IN MY STREET" stickers will be affixed to waste bins of every second property in association with the above radar speed display units.

c)   That the affected residents be notified of the Committee’s recommendation.”

 

Council at its meeting held on 23rd February 2016 considered the Traffic Committee's Minutes and resolved the following change to Item 2.11:

 

a)   "That Council staff take further traffic counts and report back to Council in 3 months.

b)   That Council investigate other Traffic Calming and speed reduction measures to be reported back at the same time.

c)   That the report include information regarding the occasions that speed in Alfred Street, Rozelle has been considered by the Traffic Committee."

 

Further traffic counts have been undertaken in Alfred Street between Gordon Street and Denison Street and the results are shown in the Table below.

 

Alfred Street, Rozelle – Traffic Speed Summary Comparison

 

7th October 2015 Data:

Alfred Street (between Gordon Street and Alfred Lane)

 

Eastbound

Westbound

85th% Speed (km/h)

45

42

Average

39

35

Alfred Street (between Alfred Lane and Denison Street )

Eastbound

Westbound

85th% Speed (km/h)

46

47

Average

40

39

 

20th May 2016 Data:

Alfred Street (between Gordon Street and Alfred Lane)

Eastbound

Westbound

85th% Speed (km/h)

46.8

45

Average

39.9

35.9

Alfred Street (between Alfred Lane and Denison Street )

Eastbound

Westbound

85th% Speed (km/h)

49

48.2

Average

43.2

40

Based on the above results, the majority of vehicles were travelling below the 50km/h speed limit and are similar to the speed results reported to the December 2015 Traffic Committee meeting.

 

As such, it is considered that there would be merit in installing radar speed display units in Alfred Street for a 6-month period to show motorists their speed along the street. The use of these units will be evaluated towards the end of the 6-month period.  To supplement the radar units and to affect a speed behaviour change, "SLOW DOWN IN MY STREET" stickers would be affixed to waste bins of every second property.

 

Over recent years, a number of traffic counts have been undertaken in Alfred Street, Rozelle and the recorded speed results were within acceptable limits.  Also, a review of the database indicated that there had been no previous reports on speeding in Alfred Street considered by the Traffic Committee in the last 10 years.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

Nil.

 

 

OTHER STAFF COMMENTS

Nil.

 

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Nil.

 

CONCLUSION

Based on the collected traffic data, the majority of vehicles are travelling below the 50km/h speed limit, consistent with the results reported to the December 2015 Traffic Committee meeting.

 

As such, implementation of speed reduction devices is not warranted; however, it is considered that there would be merit in installing radar speed display units in Alfred Street for a 6-month period to show motorists their speed.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

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