Edinburgh recently adopted their new City Mobility Plan 2021-2030:
The plan introduces global challenges of climate change and inequality, and the need to revolutionise how we manage transport:
To address these challenges the plan focusses on people, movement and place, including improving sustainable travel choices, reducing emissions, and improving safety:
The plan establishes a sustainable transport hierarchy that is based on the fact that walking cycling and public transport can move more people in less space than driving.
Some of the many policy measures include:
- improving infrastructure for walking and cycling
- reducing speed limits to 30 km/h (20 mph)
- limiting the number of parking spaces in new buildings
- managing motor vehicle traffic in residential areas
- reducing the space allocated to on-street parking
The City of Edinburgh Council have done great work, the mobility plan is progressive, evidence based, and delivers social justice. Streets Alive Yarra encourages our readers and supporters to review the document, and we urge local and state government to implement similar policy measures in Yarra and greater Melbourne.
Published 11th May 2021