Crossing that one off the list

Vincent mayor Emma Cole, North Perth Primary School P&C president Nabil Luyer, his daughter Nylah and Perth MP John Carey find it a little easier getting across Charles Street with the new lights. Photo supplied.

THE green lights have been turned on at pedestrian black spot on Charles Street near the North Perth Primary School, fulfilling an election promise from Perth Labor MP John Carey.

Residents had been calling for action to make it less hostile for pedestrians near Alfred Street as Charles Street acts as an unnerving 60kmh divide between the two halves of the neighbourhood.

A couple of years ago one guerrilla resident even put up handmade signs facing the road imploring drivers to consider public transport instead of cruising through the suburb.

Mr Carey said it was a major crossing point for students going to North Perth primary, while it was also a natural crossing for residents to stretch their legs at Charles Veryard Reserve.

“It used to be just a staffed crossing in the morning and after school,” Mr Carey said.

“I want to thank the North Perth Primary School P&C, local parents and the City of Vincent for their support in making this happen.

“This was a major election commitment I made at the last state election – and proud to have delivered it with the local community.

“To date, our state government has now funded four pedestrian crossings at cost of $1.02m in the Perth electorate, including Vincent Street, in front of Beatty Park; Charles Street near Kyilla Primary School and Fitzgerald Street, near Woodville Reserve.

“I am passionate about making our neighbourhoods and streets safer for local residents, children, and families: walkable neighbourhoods are more liveable neighbourhoods, it makes our community more socially connected, safer and more vibrant.”

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