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

Funding

  • Allocate an annual budget of $10m for walking, cycling and place making.
  • Expand the developer contributions plan to provide recurring funding.

Policies and plans

Laws and regulations

  • Eliminate parking minimums or change them to parking maximums.
  • 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.
  • Offer a new type of ‘user pays’ parking permit available to any resident, similar to that from the City of Moreland, at a price of $3,400 per year.
  • 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.
  • Stop funding free car parking at suburban train stations – instead fund walking, cycling 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