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.

Darebin Transport Strategy 2007-2027

Summary

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:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Evidence based policy

Darebin clearly states their support for evidence based policy, based on collecting data:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Facilitate mode shift

Darebin will facilitate to more sustainable modes of transport and target a reduction in car use:

Source: Darebin Transport Strategy

Reallocation of space

Darebin will reallocate street space away from cars and car parking, toward walking cycling and public transport:

Source: Darebin Transport Strategy
Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

User hierarchy

Darebin proposes a clear user hierarchy with people who are walking, cycling or using public transport prioritised over people who are driving.

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Road hierarchy

Darebin has adopted a clear road hierarchy, which helps to guide user expectations for level of service:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Footpath network

Darebin supports a footpath network, called the Principal Pedestrian Network:

Source: Darebin Walking Strategy 2028

Bicycle network

Darebin clearly supports the construction of a cohesive bicycle network:

Source: Darebin Cycling Strategy 2018
Source: Darebin Cycling Strategy 2018

Parking revenue

Darebin clearly states that revenue from parking can be invested in local improvements:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Parking maximums

Darebin proposes to change from parking minimums to parking maximums:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Increase car sharing

Darebin proposed to increase the number of car share vehicles:

Source: Draft Darebin Parking Strategy

Conclusion

Darebin’s draft transport strategy contains many best-practice elements that Yarra should adopt.