Navigating safe active streets
Safe active streets are specifically treated local streets designed with local government authorities to create a safer shared space for people walking, wheeling, riding or driving.
Safe active streets are designed to provide a safer environment and encourage local people to ride or walk in their neighbourhood at least some of the time, rather than relying on private cars.
Safe active streets are ideal for bike riders of all ages and abilities. However, the street context and design, including raised intersections and slow points, does not encourage groups of fast-moving recreational cyclists such as those travelling in pelotons.
Yes, as per WA road rules a driver may overtake a bike rider if there is enough space to do so safely (with a minimum of one metre passing distance), they have a clear view of the road ahead and they do not exceed the 30 km/h speed limit.
Safe active streets aim to make streets safer for all users including people in cars and those riding and walking. Traffic calming measures and a lower speed limit create a quieter, safer environment for the whole community to enjoy.
Safe active streets encourage drivers that use local roads to reduce their journey time and avoid traffic congestion, to move to local distributor roads that accept higher speeds.
Lowering the speed limit from 50 km/hr to 30 km/hr on safe active streets creates a much safer environment for everyone, including our most vulnerable road users, like kids walking or riding.
Research shows that the risk of pedestrian death rises exponentially with collision speeds beyond 30 km/hr. It is estimated that less than 10% of pedestrians struck by a vehicle travelling at 30 km/hr would result in a fatality, compared with fatality rates of 26% at 40 km/hr and over 80% at 50 km/hr.
While slowing down might feel like it’s costing you a couple of minutes, it could save someone’s life.
Local roads are for local people. It is expected that new road environments will take a little time for users to adjust to sharing the street.
At major entry points to safe active streets there are blue-and-white road patches, 30 km/hr speed limit signs and raised platforms to slow traffic and alert people that they are in a riding and walking friendly space.