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Most would have seen the news papers articles relating to Council House being illuminated by almost $1.1m worth of LED's.
If you have a close look at City of Perth's Council House Lights Up article, you will see right down the bottom, the remaining five proposed sites are:
- Perth Town Hall
- Trafalgar Bridge, East Perth
- Edith Cowan Memorial (near entrance to Kings Park)
- Victoria Avenue trees
- Mounts Bay Road trees
Now, given that one of the quotes for these projects is:
This project will do much for our city by way of enhancing its attractiveness, safety and bringing a sense of colour to our streets.
maybe they will allow cyclists to again ride over Trafalgar Bridge as it will be safer as a result of this project.
I noticed the sign on the Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth has been upgraded from â€œCyclist Dismountâ€ to the no-cycling logo. Another sign threatens a $100 + fine.
I take it the ban on cycling over this bridge has gone from a threat to an official by-law!
Update to this - City trees to change colour - every evening - City of Perth:
The attractive and distinctive trees that line parts of Victoria Avenue and Mounts Bay Road will have added lustre as a result of the City of Perth's illumination project.
The Council has accepted a tender from High Speed Electrics to install feature lighting at the base of 15 London Plane trees in the median strip of Victoria Avenue between St Georges Terrace and Terrace Road and 16 trees on the southern side of Mounts Bay Road between Mill Street and William Street.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says the lighting will highlight the beauty of the 80-year-old trees and provide bright and welcoming approaches to the central city.
â€œThis is the latest of the lighting projects and is another step towards delivering on one of the action projects in the City of Perthâ€™s 2029 â€˜We Hear Youâ€™ document,â€ Ms Scaffidi said.
â€œThe broad public consultation that led to that document identified feature lighting of city landmarks as a priority action.
â€œThe spectacular lighting display switched on at Council House in April has been extremely well received and the Edith Cowan Memorial Clocktower at the entrance to Kings Park is now also bathed in bright new lights.
â€œIn the not too distant future the Trafalgar Bridge across Claisebrook Cove in East Perth and the Perth Town Hall will also be illuminated.â€
A total of 62 LED up-lights with different colour sequences will be installed in the tree illumination project and work is expected to be completed by December 2010. The cost of the project is $204,000.
I wonder if they could stretch this a little further and install lights on the shared paths?
From The West:
Footbridge next to shine under lighting project
Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth is the next city site to be illuminated after the City of Perth earmarked $163,000 to brighten up the landmark.
The footbridge, which runs over Claisebrook Cove, will be the fourth of six sites chosen in a 2009 plan to make the city brighter and more attractive after-hours.
Fifteen trees along Victoria Avenue were recently lit up, following lighting installations at Edith Cowan Memorial near Kings Park and Council House in St Georges Terrace.
The council said there were 30 light fixtures of red, green and blue on either side of the trees on Victoria Avenue. A report presented to the council last week shows the tender chosen for Trafalgar Bridge was based on a more moderate design than one initially proposed.
It will incorporate LED dot lighting on either side of the footbridge, on the cable stays and in ground lights highlighting the towers. All are programmed for a variety of colour change sequences similar to the lighting on the facade of Council House.
The lights are expected to be installed by April.
I'm getting excited that we will soon be able to dismount, and see all these pretty colours.
I guess there will be green ones and red ones .... go and stop?
I am sure deep down they DO want us to cycle accross Trafalgar Bridge safely.....thanks for the lights.
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From City of Perth Council meeting 5 July 2011:
Lighting of Trafalgar Bridge
The Lord Mayor requested correspondence be sent to nearby residents regarding the works that have been undertaken to light the Trafalgar Bridge. The CEO advised that a letter drop is to be carried out prior to the official turning on of the lights.
Anyone know when the Trafalgar Bridge 'official turning on of the lights' is occuring, and would anyone like to join me at being there for the event?
This bridge was lit up last night! Can see it from the freeway bridge as you cross the river on the train
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Damm, missed it. Is it pretttty?
Rode under it tonight, looked like a bridge with christmas lights. Seems a waste of ratepayers money, wonder what the carbon footprint is.
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Yeh cant say that it got me excited!
would be more excited if we could legally ride over it
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I haven't been across the bridge for a few months, but I rode across on the weekend... the bridge was being repainted and all the no cycling signs were gone.
I also rode across recently and didn't notice any "no cycling' signs either, I was wondering if I just missed them or if they were gone.
There are definitely 'Pedestrian Bridge Cyclists Dismount' signs again on this bridge - fine has also gone up to $125 (previous indications in this topic was it was $100):
According to City of Perth's Bike Implementation Plan the bridge won't be converted back to a shared path until 2015-16.
However, this month's Works and Urban Development minutes, show some interesting developments. Look for:
WK20/14 PROPOSAL FOR THE CREATION OF PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY ZONE AT THE TRAFALGAR BRIDGE, EAST PERTH
The Officers Recommendation is modified to reflect:
Moved by the Lord Mayor, seconded by Cr McEvoy
That Works and Urban Development Committee notes the City’s intention to investigate suitable design solutions, including the status quo, that will facilitate the implementation of a Pedestrian Priority Zone at the Trafalgar Bridge, East Perth, within the current financial year to accommodate slow speed, controlled bicycle movements, in-line with the City of Perth Cycle Plan 2029.
The above has been bolded to show one of the changes ADDED (ie including the status quo).
The status quo is we aren't allowed to ride over the bridge, even though this bridge was originally built as a shared bridge and it was the CoP who installed the no cycling signs back in 2006 (see CoP minutes back in 2006).
Did the trial ever go ahead? Not that I recall, although I wasn't a regular user of it back then.
Good reading Roland. But I think they are still on track for 2015-16 implementation, they are just doing the groundwork such as investigation and local comment.
Ref: Works & Urban Development minutes.
I wonder what 'surface treatments' are? I would think something like rubber grommets would need to be inserted between the timber planks and steel structure for it to be effective.
Also in those minutes it notes the proposal for slow speed cycling through Hay & Murray malls, I thought we could do this already, whoops! Well the police certainly don't mind, I pass them nearly every time I meander through there.
I enjoyed skimming through the 2006 minutes. Item X was in relation to TravelSmart reducing congestion, alternative modes of travel etc. This gets through, good news.
The next item on the agenda is banning cyclists on the bridge.
Isn't commuting cycling a major component of TravelSmart?
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