The City of Darebin is the local government council to the north of Yarra. Darebin has adopted a Transport Strategy, Cycling Strategy and Walking Strategy; and has released a Parking Strategy for public comment. Darebin’s strategies are very good, and contain many best-practice elements that Yarra should adopt.
Yarra should adopt many best-practice elements of Darebin’s strategies, including:
- Commitment to evidence based policy.
- Clear language supporting a mode shift away from single occupancy vehicles; toward walking, cycling and public transport.
- Clear user hierarchy and road hierarchy.
- Economically rational proposals for restrictions on parking and the pricing of parking.
- Strong statements that revenue from parking should be invested in local improvements.
We need to change
Darebin acknowledges that our present path isn’t sustainable and we need to change:
Evidence based policy
Darebin clearly states their support for evidence based policy, based on collecting data:
Facilitate mode shift
Darebin will facilitate to more sustainable modes of transport and target a reduction in car use:
Reallocation of space
Darebin will reallocate street space away from cars and car parking, toward walking cycling and public transport:
Darebin proposes a clear user hierarchy with people who are walking, cycling or using public transport prioritised over people who are driving.
Darebin has adopted a clear road hierarchy, which helps to guide user expectations for level of service:
Darebin supports a footpath network, called the Principal Pedestrian Network:
Darebin clearly supports the construction of a cohesive bicycle network:
Darebin clearly states that revenue from parking can be invested in local improvements:
Darebin proposes to change from parking minimums to parking maximums:
Increase car sharing
Darebin proposed to increase the number of car share vehicles:
Darebin’s draft transport strategy contains many best-practice elements that Yarra should adopt.