Streets Alive Yarra is a non-profit, volunteer, resident and ratepayer action group in the City of Yarra.


We believe that people should be able to safely access any property in Yarra, irrespective of whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.

  • ‘People’ means people of all ages and abilities, including from 8 to 80 years old, able bodied or using a wheelchair.
  • ‘Safely access’ means that people travelling should not be exposed to hazards that carry the risk of death or serious injury.
  • ‘Public transport’ or ‘driving’ include walking to and from nearby public transport stops or parking bays.

We believe that ‘safe access’ for all road users can coexist alongside ‘mobility’ for drivers; whereby longer journeys occur at on VicRoads’ Preferred Traffic Routes (PTRs) and start and finish on calmed local streets.


Our vision is for more trees, wider footpaths and vibrant businesses in thriving neighbourhoods. We see our streets being used by people from 8 to 80 years old, irrespective of whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive. Residents and shoppers are able to move safely, comfortably, and conveniently around Yarra; and can easily find a park near shops.

Image credit: OCULUS


Our mission is to persuade a majority of ratepayers, Councillors and Council Officers that our vision of a better, more beautiful, more liveable and more accessible Yarra is possible, desirable and rational.


Our strategy is to publish positive imagery of what Yarra could look like, attract supporters via social media, and network with residents, traders, Council Officers and Councillors.


Streets Alive Yarra is supported by the over 2,200 people who have liked us on Facebook, as well as the growing list of people who have contributed a testimonial of support or are champions for their local street. In addition, Council surveys have repeatedly measured strong community support for safer streets and active transport.

Founder & Director

Streets Alive Yarra Founder & Director is Jeremy Lawrence, a long term resident, member of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management and the Australasian College of Road Safety.

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Let’s make Yarra a beautiful city to live in

Every resident and ratepayer can make a difference