Safety Improvements Trial at Kerferd Road

The Kerferd Road Safety Improvements trial has been designed to:

  • deter through traffic
  • encourage compliance with the speed limit
  • improve safety for people walking, bike riding and driving on local streets

When the six-month trial commenced earlier this year a key aspect was a before-and-after evaluation of traffic movement through the area.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, and resulting significant changes in traffic, we have been unable to conduct the traffic counts necessary to complete this evaluation. (If you would like to see traffic volume data to date click here to see the document.)

As a result, we have extended the trial to allow for the collection of the necessary data. We remain committed to concluding the trial as soon as restrictions ease. Until then, changes made to the intersection will remain in place.

A report on trial outcomes will be tabled at a Council Meeting before the end of the 2021 calendar year, to determine whether the temporary changes should be retained, modified or removed.

Background

In response to a community petition, Council resolved at an Ordinary Council meeting on 1 July 2020 to trial traffic safety improvements at the intersection of Kerferd Road, Herbert and Montague Streets, Albert Park, including closure of the median, for an 18 month period.

On 22 September a counter-petition with 200+ signatures objecting to the trial was lodged with Council. Council officers also received calls and emails from individuals opposing the trial. Due to the local government election/ caretaker period, the counter-petition was formally presented to the newly elected Council on 18 November.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held 2 December 2020 Council considered the proposed Kerferd Road Safety Improvement Trial, community feedback (including the two petitions), and the findings of an independent road safety audit Council commissioned to support decision making.

It was decided by Council at this meeting to proceed with a six-month trial of temporary traffic management measures and painted lines. This included closing the central median to motor vehicles, consistent with the findings of the independent Road Safety Audit.

The meeting minutes and resolution are available on Council’s website via this link.

The trial began in late February 2021, with the traffic data collection due to be completed by 21 October 2021.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have been unable to record the final traffic data counts and will conduct these as soon as restrictions ease.Until this time the trial will remain in place.

Council officers will evaluate the effectiveness of the trial by using a combination of the data collection, community feedback and analysis, and report to Council by the end of this year, 2021.

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