This page presents evidence of broad community support for the actions proposed by Streets Alive Yarra.
Most Australians would like to see more investment in active transport infrastructure:
Most Victorians would like to see more bike lanes installed, including, if necessary, removing car parking to free up space:
…three in four (76%) Victorians want local and state governments to adapt infrastructure so more people can walk or ride.VicHealth survey 2020
Parents’ Voice is an online network of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Their survey shows broad community support for safe routes to school.
Community consultation for Plan Melbourne showed strong support for 20-minute neighbourhoods, which require better footpaths, bicycle lanes, trees and place making:
We were heavily involved in the consultation program for Melbourne’s long-term land-use plan, Plan Melbourne. The idea that resonated most with many participants was shaping the city as a series of 20-minute neighbourhoods.John Stanley and Roz Hansen, from The Conversation
Most Yarra residents
Council consultation shows that Yarra residents and ratepayers support safe, active and sustainable transport:
The Liveable Yarra project identified that residents value the ability to walk or cycle to meet daily needs:
Community engagement for the 0-25 Years Plan showed broad support for walking and cycling:
Yarra school students
Yarra school students support safe and active transport, as this is the key to their personal mobility.
Streets Alive Yarra has over 2,600 likes on Facebook. This compares with 11,600 likes for Yarra City Council. If Facebook is representative of residents and ratepayers, this suggests that a significant cohort of the population (more than 20%) strongly support safe & active transport.
More people using active transport
More people in Melbourne (and Yarra) are using sustainable transport:
More people using public transport
Across greater Melbourne, more people are choosing public transport, especially if they live close to it:
The number of people using public transport is especially on the rise in the inner city, including Yarra:
More people cycling
In Yarra, the number of people who choose to cycle is increasing:
More households without a car
The Council Plan states that Yarra has more households who don’t own cars, compared to other municipalities:
Fewer cars per person
Census data analysed by chartingtransport.com shows that the City of Yarra has a higher population density and fewer vehicles per person than other comparable municipalities.
Fewer people with a driver’s license
Many young Australians are choosing not to get a drivers license: