This page presents evidence of broad community support for the actions proposed by Streets Alive Yarra, including:

  • support for investment in safe & active transport infrastructure,
  • increased use of active transport,
  • more households that don’t own a car, and
  • fewer people obtaining a driving license.

Most Australians

Most Australians would like to see more investment in active transport infrastructure:

Image credit: Infrastructure Australia 2019 Audit Report, referencing: JWS Research 2018, Community perceptions of Australia’s infrastructure.

Most parents

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.

Video credit: Parents’ Voice.

Melburnians

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

Yarra residents

Council consultation shows that Yarra residents and ratepayers support safe, active and sustainable transport:

Source: Council Plan community consultation

The Liveable Yarra project identified that residents value the ability to walk or cycle to meet daily needs:

Source: Liveable Yarra project

Community engagement for the 0-25 Years Plan showed broad support for walking and cycling:

Source: Yarra 0-25 Years Plan

Yarra school students

Yarra school students support safe and active transport, as this is the key to their personal mobility.

Source: Council minutes
Students delivering a petition to Council calling for safe routes to school. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

Facebook likes

Streets Alive Yarra has over 2,500 likes on Facebook. This compares with 11,300 likes for Yarra City Council. If Facebook is representative of residents and ratepayers, this suggests that more than 20% of people clearly support safe & active transport.

More people using active transport

More people in Melbourne (and Yarra) are using sustainable transport:

Source: https://chartingtransport.com/2017/10/24/trends-in-journey-to-work-mode-shares-in-australian-cities-to-2016/

More people using public transport

Across greater Melbourne, more people are choosing public transport, especially if they live close to it:

Source: https://chartingtransport.com/2017/12/05/how-is-the-journey-to-work-changing-in-melbourne-2006-2016/

The number of people using public transport is especially on the rise in the inner city, including Yarra:

Source: https://chartingtransport.com/2017/12/05/how-is-the-journey-to-work-changing-in-melbourne-2006-2016/

More people cycling

In Yarra, the number of people who choose to cycle is increasing:

Source: VicRoads report “Cycling to work in Melbourne 1976-2011” available at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/~/media/files/documents/traffic-and-road-use/cycling-to-work_in_melbourne-1976-to-2011.ashx

More households without a car

The Council Plan states that Yarra has more households who don’t own cars, compared to other municipalities:

Image credit: Council Plan 2017-21

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.

Image credit: chartingtransport.com

Fewer people with a driver’s license

Many young Australians are choosing not to get a drivers license:

Source: WeRide submission to Infrastructure Australia, referencing ITS Australia, Mobility as a Service in Australia – Customer insights and opportunities, Port Melbourne Australia, 2018.