Plan proposed to tackle traffic

2016-06-07 06:00

The Fish Hoek Improvement Project, a community run project to improve Fish Hoek and address residents’ complaints, has put forward a series of one-way streets as a traffic plan for the village.

The report has been forwarded to the City’s Traffic Department with the support of the Fish Hoek Improvement District and False Bay Subcouncil.

The project’s Bryan Youngblood presented it to the subcouncil recently, saying the traffic plan looks to address two main issues: tourists not being aware of the beachfront, and the need for a second storefront area along Beach Road to provide more retail opportunities. The plan suggests a series of one-way changes, looking to reduce congestion on Main Road and promote the use of Beach Road.

It would also improve access to the area during the ongoing refurbishment to Main Road, which will continue into Fish Hoek over the next few years. Running a one-way system during this time would work as a trial project, Youngblood believes.

“Conducting a one-way trial for the traffic impact assessment / feasibility study during the services upgrade period should alleviate some traffic through the avenues and for the purposes of this study, to give Fish Hoek residents first-hand experience with a potential permanent conversion of the one-way couplet instead of the normal human condition of objecting to any change,” he says.

Additional changes suggested in the traffic plan include the moving or installation of traffic lights.

The traffic light at Recreation Road and Main Road has been the cause of the Main Road circle reaching capacity as identified in a traffic study conducted back in 1989, Youngblood says. “This light needs to be moved to the end of Beach Road exit onto Simon’s Town Road in order to allow those vehicles to cut across the traffic coming from Kommetjie Road. A proper pedestrian traffic light at the proposed raised zebra crossing in front of the Fish Hoek Arcade on Main Road would allow pedestrians to cross the one-way flow more safely.”

Youngblood says the plan also tackles parking congestion, and proposes diagonal parking on Main Road. “(This) would provide 30% to 40% more stalls, requires less time for the parking manoeuvre and the driver can exit safely out of the traffic. Some people are uncomfortable with parallel parking and will rather visit a retailer where parallel parking is not required.”

The plan also proposed the establishment of an Interim Northern Bypass which would tie in with the one-way couplet on the Eastern side. This would require the tarring of the unofficial gravel 22nd Avenue.

“Having an interim northern bypass would alleviate traffic from Main Road and Kommetjie Road. As more pedestrian crossings are erected on Kommetjie Road, there will be more rat-running through the avenues. The interim northern bypass would provide a faster alternative than rat-running,” Youngblood says.

The plan includes covered paved walkways and tree planting, and considers the dedicated lanes that would be required by the installation of MyCiTi bus services.

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