Bridgetown ACROD Bays

Published on Thursday, 3 February 2022 at 11:30:00 AM

ACROD bays in the Bridgetown Town Square

We’ve had a few questions recently about ACROD bays in town so we thought we would share some background on ACROD parking bay availability.

We know that ACROD bays are important to accessing the CBD in Bridgetown particularly for our more senior and mobility challenged residents.  However locations suitable for compliant ACROD bays are difficult to come by in our beautiful (but very hilly) Shire!

 ACROD bays are required to comply in terms of:

  • Specific dimensions (width and length of the bays)
  • Gradient levels for disability access
  • Connectivity of the bay to footpaths

These requirements are difficult to comply with due to Bridgetown topography.  ACROD bays cannot be located on Hampton Street (essentially a Main Roads highway) because of the lack of space to comply with the required dimensions.  These dimensions are important in terms of accommodating the needs of people with disabilities and mobility challenges to safely access their vehicles given traffic proximity. Other locations such as the car park near the Bridgetown Bakery are too steep and don’t meet the gradient requirements.

We have investigated other locations including the Bridgetown CRC carpark, Bridgetown Visitor Centre carpark and the Post Office unfortunately none of these complied with the requirements.  A couple of years ago we negotiated with the owners of The Stables IGA to develop an ACROD bay adjacent to IGA (next to Howard Evans Legal Service) and we also have an ACROD bay near the Shire Administration Building and Town Hall complex (close to the public toilets).

If you have any suggested locations that might comply please let us know and we can check it out.

We are pleased to advise that we are (finally!) relocating the ACROD bays at the Bridgetown Leisure Centre (which were moved during the gym expansion project). The ACROD bays will be reinstated in their original location (just outside the 24 hour gym). Contractors will be line marking the bays early in February.

The full list of our compliant ACROD bays is:

  • 1 bay next to The Stables IGA
  • 1 bay in the Shire Administration/Town Hall carpark
  • 2 bays in the Town Square carpark
  • 1 bay in the Library carpark
  • 2 bays at the Bridgetown Leisure Centre

If you have a query related to ACROD parking, please complete an online Customer Service Request or call Megan Richards, Manager Community Development on 9761 0800

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