Let’s build a beautiful, liveable and accessible city

Streets Alive Yarra calls on local, state and federal governments to provide sustained long-term investment in walking, cycling, public transport and place making; and to update laws and regulations to deliver better outcomes for health, transport and land use.

Video credit: We Ride Australia

Local Government


  • Allocate an annual budget of $10m for walking, cycling and place making.
  • Expand the developer contributions plan to provide recurring funding.
  • Ask the state government to transfer revenue from the congestion levy back to the City of Yarra for reinvestment in walking and cycling.

Policies and plans

  • Develop, adopt and implement an Integrated Transport Plan.
  • Review all 21 Local Area Place Making (LAPM) areas within each 4-year term of Council.
  • Enable active transport within 20-minute neighbourhoods by establishing 30 km/h superblocks.
  • Decrease the number of on-street parking bays in Yarra by 5% per year.
  • Re-locate metered car-parking from shopping streets to the first 5-10 bays on each side street to free up space for wider footpaths, protected bicycle lanes, protected intersections and level access tram stops.
  • Invest in mobility counters that can measure people walking, cycling, using public transport or driving in Yarra, to guide the re-allocation of budgets and street space.
  • Alter Council’s organisational structure so that:
    • Local Area Place Making is managed by the Planning & Placemaking team, not the traffic engineering team; and
    • Parking design, including the quantity, location, type and pricing of on-street parking bays, is managed by the Planning & Placemaking team, not the Finance & Compliance team.

Laws and regulations

  • Eliminate parking minimums from the planning scheme or change them to parking maximums.
  • Convert free on-street parking to paid parking, by using permit zones and selling digital permits.
  • Reduce the number of on-street parking permits per household by one, if the a property has a crossover.
  • Increase the minimum price for an on-street parking permit to $1 per day.
  • Use demand responsive parking charges for parking meters.
  • Update the “Standard Concrete Vehicle Crossing” drawing YSD601 to match best practice from the Netherlands.
  • Increase the target for car sharing vehicles to 2,000 by 2030 and permit them to be located on residential streets.

Learn more in our Manifesto for Reform.

Image credits: Streets Alive Yarra, City of Yarra.

State Government

Guidance on the above actions is offered by the ‘Transporting Melbourne‘ report from the Committee for Melbourne:

Report and recommendations for the State Government. Image credit: Committee for Melbourne.

Federal Government

  • Allocate 50% of the federal transport budget to walking, cycling, and public transport.
  • Allocate 5% of the federal health budget to active transport and place making.
  • Manage congestion on federal highways with demand responsive driving charges.
  • Support 30 km/h for local, non-arterial streets.
  • Link federal road funding to state governments with requirements to upgrade all roads in their jurisdiction to a 5-star safety rating, defined by AusRAP.
  • Redirect funding from commuter car parks at train stations toward walking, e-biking, bike parking, and buses.

Guidance for the above actions is offered by the Gear Change report from the UK Government Department for Transport:

Image credit: UK Department for Transport

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