Railway Street in Bluff Point is first regional WA road to be part of the safe active street initiative

Geraldton Guardian
Railway Street, Bluff Point. Pedestrians and cyclists will be better accommodated by the safe active street plan
Camera IconRailway Street, Bluff Point. Pedestrians and cyclists will be better accommodated by the safe active street plan Credit: Edward Scown

In a first for regional WA, a Bluff Point street will be transformed next month into a 30km/h zone to be shared by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

A 1.4km section of Railway Street, from Smith Street to Green Street, will become a “safe active street”, becoming a quiet, low-speed area more friendly to people walking or on bikes.

Under the joint initiative between the Department of Transport and City of Greater Geraldton, the speed limit will be lowered to 30km/h, with other features to include red cycle-lane pavement marked with bicycle symbols, traffic-calming infrastructure, designated on-street parking, more trees planted and landscaping on both sides of the street.

Cross section of a safe active street where motorists, cyclists and pedestrians share a designated 30km/h zone.
Camera IconCross section of a safe active street where motorists, cyclists and pedestrians share a designated 30km/h zone. Credit: City of Greater Geraldton

Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn said the project was a key part of the city’s cycling network.

“Once completed, the safe active street will directly link into the recently completed 500m shared path located under the trees on the west side of the North West Coastal Highway between Green Street and Spalding Park,” he said. “This will provide safer access to the mountain bike facilities in Spalding Park and the mountain bike loop trail in the Chapman River Regional Park for people who live south of the river.

“This means people will be able walk, jog, skate, scoot or cycle on shared paths and (on) a safe active street from Corallina Quays on the north side of Sunset Beach right through to the CBD.

“I can’t wait to try it out.”

The project is set to start early next month.

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