Drop zone to ease traffic
A new “kiss and drop” zone will be introduced at Honeywood Primary School to cater for increasing traffic and parking demand at the school during drop-off and pick-up periods.
A growth in student numbers at the Wandi-based primary school has resulted in saturated conditions during peak pick-up and drop-off times.
To improve parking turnover a “kiss and drop zone” will be installed using six existing on-street parallel parking bays on Windjana Rise, with “no parking” restrictions applicable between 7:30am to 9am and 2pm to 3:30pm on school days.
The Department of Education, on behalf of Honeywood Primary School, submitted an application to the City of Kwinana to establish the new zone as a result of increasing student intake at the school.
At last Wednesday’s council meeting elected members approved the implementation of no parking zones between pick-up and drop-off periods for the purpose of creating a kiss and drop zone to be used by parents of school children.
As of semester two this year Honeywood Primary School had 349 full-time students enrolled from Wandi, Anketell and a small part of Oakford, with about 34 full- time employees.
According to a City report this number is expected to increase as further residential development in Wandi, Anketell and Mandogalup is completed.
“Considering the supply of on-street parking is fixed, and the City’s ability to expand the supply of on-street parking is constrained by road geometry and site conditions, time restrictions are recommended to facilitate increased parking access for the key location,” the report said.
“Additionally, there is ample queuing capacity along Windjana Rise so any extended traffic queues that may occur do not impact the adjoining road network or obstruct any intersection. Using this approach will help the flow of traffic, increase parking turnover, and in the long term, reduce unwanted driving behaviour.”
Non-regulatory signs will be installed in conjunction with the proposed parking restriction signs to indicate the proposed no parking zone is a “kiss and drop zone” to help make drivers aware of the intended function of the on-street parking bays, and encourage parents to utilise them.
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