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

  • Implement the adopted Transport Strategy.
  • Allocate an annual budget of $10m for capital works to support walking, cycling and place making, funded by revenue from on-street parking.
  • Alter council’s organisational structure so that the Urban Design team is responsible for the allocation of public space to competing uses (such as footpaths, bike paths, driving lanes, on-street parking, or greenery); and policy for managing access to public space (such as the type and pricing of on-street parking).
  • Eliminate parking minimums from the planning scheme; and mandate a parking maximum of one bay per 100 m2 of floor area; for properties within the Principal Public Transport Network area.
  • Convert all free on-street parking to paid parking, using permit zones and digital permits, enforced by automatic number plate recognition.
  • Invest in mobility counters that measure the number of people walking, cycling, using public transport and driving in Yarra, to guide the re-allocation of budgets and street space.
  • Update the ‘Standard Concrete Vehicle Crossing’ drawing YSD601 to match best practice from the Netherlands, mandating a maximum width of 750 mm for entrance ramps.
  • Increase the target for car sharing vehicles to 2,000 by 2030 and permit them to be located on residential streets.
Actions for local government. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

State Government

The Melbourne Rail Plan and the NSW Future Transport Strategy offer guidance for the State Government. Image credits: Rail Futures Institute and Transport for NSW.

Federal Government

  • Redirect funding from commuter car parks at train stations toward walking, e-biking, bike parking, and buses.
  • 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.
  • Manage congestion on federal highways with demand responsive driving charges.
  • Support 30 km/h for local, non-arterial streets.
  • Lead the adoption of uniform national best-practice design guidelines for networks of footpaths and bike lanes.
  • Fund walking and biking on council controlled streets via recurring grants of $100 per person per year to each council in Australia, i.e. $10 million per year for Yarra from a total of $2.5 billion per year.
The Gear Change report from the UK offers guidance for the Australian Government. Image credit: UK Department for Transport

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