THE City of Fremantle has highlighted South Terrace’s importance to the vibrancy of the city’s atmosphere by scheduling a number of projects to brighten up the bustling streetscape.
The South Terrace road renewal and streetscape enhancement report was up before the council’s strategic and general services committee last week, promoting a number of changes and upgrades to the road, primarily in the cappuccino strip section, to improve its safety and aesthetic appeal.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said placing traffic calming measures were of equal importance to making the strip more attractive as it catered to 6500 vehicles a day and 11 bus services making 812 trips every weekday.
“It is pretty clear that Fremantle’s cappuccino strip is in need of not only a facelift but also some traffic calming measures to make it more pedestrian-friendly,” he said.
“At the same time, we also need to ensure we maintain accessibility for cars, bikes, buses and taxis.”
There is also a plan to reduce the speed limit from 40km/h to 30km/h.
South Terrace Traders Group spokesman Ivan Dzeba said the idea was a good improvement on the strip and local businesses were happy with the outcome.
“Its great because this was initiated by local businesses in consultation with the city from day one and there were ideas that the group put forward that were taken in and it looks great,” he said.
The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Fremantle Festival on October 28.