Why has the Roe Street Masterplan been revised?

    Following approval of the 2017 Roe Street Masterplan, an additional five vehicular access points from Roe Street to the Perth City Link were identified. The requirement for these access points led to a review of the bi-directional cycle lanes proposed along this interface with the Perth City Link. Through a safety in design assessment it was deemed the additional crossing points would lead to an unacceptable level of risk for both pedestrians and cyclists. In built up areas, such as Roe Street, pedestrians needing to navigate cyclists moving in two directions as well as vehicles, provides a high-level safety risk to the pedestrian.

    As well as the safety in design assessment, data collection and analysis was undertaken in early 2019 as part of the City’s evidence based design process. The data included cyclists, pedestrian and vehicle volumes and direction of travel. This data demonstrated a 300% increase to 15,000 pedestrian crossings at the corner of Roe Street and Yagan Square on weekends.  The numbers also highlight that this section of Roe Street acts as a ‘to’ rather than ‘through’ cycle network, with cyclists transitioning into Northbridge and into the CBD rather than travelling just in an East-West direction.

    The 2019 Roe Street Masterplan has been informed by this data and Safety in Design assessment and proposes a site-specific response with 1.5m wide protected uni-directional cycle lane on either side of the road travelling in the same direction as the traffic, resulting in the following:

    • Reinforces Roe Street and the city as a destination;
    • Allows cyclists to move in the same direction as traffic lanes, providing a legible and intuitive cross section for all road users;
    • More integrated cycle route with existing city infrastructure;
    • Mitigates conflict and risk at all intersections and crossovers;
    • Facilitates key movements; and
    • Allows cyclists ease of transition from Roe Street into the CBD and Northbridge.

    What is the benefit of wider footpaths?

    Wider footpaths will cater for the increasing pedestrian volumes as the Perth City Link develops and connections between Northbridge and the CBD strengthen. This is clearly evident on the corner of Yagan Square and Roe Street where a 300% increase to over 15,000 daily crossings has occurred. The wider footpaths will also create room for improved amenity such as street furniture and trees as well as outdoor dining opportunities. These widened footpaths will allow people to linger, relax, spending time outside engaging with the street. The improved footpaths will also increase permeability of the City and encourage walking and sustainable transport modes which in turn improves the efficiency of the transport network and reduces emissions.

    Why is the road width proposed to be reduced?

    To achieve a safer and more equitable streetscape and public realm, the road widths have been reduced to accommodate the proposed changes. The road widths are in line with Australian Standards recommendations.

    Will parking be impacted?

    Through the City’s detailed analysis of the street, it was demonstrated that the 112 carbays along Roe Street operate at a 39% occupancy rate. The parking has been rationalised to maintain service to the surrounding areas and provide the balance for the increase in pedestrian traffic. There is a proposed reduction to a total of 51 carbays in order to meet the required demand.

    What are the next steps in the project?

    Following the consultation period, the City will review all input from the public and use this to further inform the masterplan. Any project updates will be posted on this page.

    When is the project intended to be constructed?

    Pending approvals, the upgrade of the street will be expected to commence in late 2021. Stakeholders will be notified prior to construction.

    Will construction affect access through the street to businesses?

    Access to local businesses throughout Roe Street will still be maintained during construction and the works would be planned to create as minimal disturbance to usual business as possible.