Vincent partners with RAC on temporary pedestrian space trial

Published on Thursday, 28 July 2022 at 10:35:00 AM

A temporary pedestrian space will be created for the community on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Beaufort Street, in partnership with RAC through its Reconnect WA initiative.

Starting in October, the six-week trial will transform a portion of the road into a temporary pedestrian space designed for the enjoyment of local residents, workers and visitors alike.

The trial will be delivered in two phases and will test if the space is suitable as a pedestrian plaza or as a shared street.

During the trial, the community will be asked to provide feedback and determine if they want a permanent space for people at this location.

The temporary space will include new seating, picnic tables, lighting, greenery and play elements.

The space will host all-ages free activities and events delivered by local groups, including the Beaufort Street Network and RTRFM in partnership with Vincent.

A report will be provided to Council for consideration after the trial is completed and community feedback is received.

As part of the RAC Reconnect WA initiative, Vincent is also constructing a paved continuous footpath at the Grosvenor Road and Beaufort Street intersection to improve the pedestrian experience within the Beaufort Street Town Centre.

Mayor Emma Cole said both projects were examples of how Vincent was continuing to improve pedestrian experience across the City, particularly within town centres.

“The community have told us that more pedestrian space and improved pedestrian crossing points is highly desired within the Beaufort Street Town Centre. That is why the City of Vincent is undertaking this trial to understand if Grosvenor Road is suitable as a new space for people," she said.

“Providing a temporary public space and events will invite locals to Beaufort Street to enjoy more quality time in the town centre, which we anticipate will also be a boost for local businesses.

“We'll be asking community members, local businesses and visitors what they think as well as collecting some critical data throughout the trial.

“A big thank you to RAC for their support and sharing the vision for people-friendly places.”

RAC Group Executive Social and Community Impact Patrick Walker said RAC was proud to partner with the City of Vincent through its Reconnect WA initiative.

“RAC is pleased to partner with the City of Vincent to transform part of the Beaufort Street Town Centre to improve the experience for pedestrians and businesses,” Mr Walker said.

“By trialling new and innovative ways to use our streets and public spaces, we hope to lay the foundations for longer-term changes that support RAC’s vision for safer, more sustainable and better-connected communities.”

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