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


Policies and plans

Laws and regulations

  • Change parking minimums to parking maximums.
  • Use demand responsive parking charges for parking meters.
  • Change the eligibility of on-street parking permits so that if a property has a crossover, they are not eligible for the first, lowest cost permit.
  • Increase the price for on-street parking permits to $1 per day.
  • 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 at least 50% of the federal transport budget to walking, cycling, public transport, and place making.
  • Link federal road funding to state and federal governments with requirements to assess all roads and streets in their jurisdiction for safety, as part of AusRAP.
  • Support efforts to implement 30 km/h speed limits in dense urban areas.
  • Avoid funding free car parking at suburban train stations – instead fund walking and cycling infrastructure for short distances and fund bus services for longer distances.

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