The City of Moreland is the local government council to the north-west of Yarra. Moreland has adopted an Integrated Transport Strategy and associated Parking Management Plan. Moreland’s strategy is very good, and contains many best-practice elements that Yarra should adopt.

Image credit: City of Moreland

Summary

Yarra should adopt many best-practice elements of Moreland’s strategy, including:

  • Clear language supporting a mode shift away from single occupancy vehicles; toward walking, cycling and public transport.
  • Clear user hierarchy and road hierarchy.
  • Strong statements that revenue from parking should be invested in sustainable transport infrastructure to facilitate and encourage mode shift.
  • Economically rational proposals for restrictions on parking and the introduction of a new class of unsubsidised parking permit.

Facilitate mode shift

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

Source: City of Moreland MITS

Reallocation of space

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

Source: City of Moreland MITS

User hierarchy

Moreland has adopted a clear user hierarchy with people who are walking, cycling or using public transport prioritised over people who are driving.

Source: City of Moreland MITS

Road hierarchy

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

Source: City of Moreland MITS

Parking revenue

Moreland clearly states that revenue from parking can be invested in sustainable transport infrastructure to better facilitate and encourage mode shift:

Source: City of Moreland MITS

Parking maximums

Moreland will change from parking minimums to parking maximums:

Source: City of Moreland MITS

Flexible parking permit

Moreland has adopted a new class of parking permit, named a ‘flexible permit’. This permit isn’t subsidised, and is available to a much broader range of customers. Pricing will be announced with the budget in June/July, and is expected to match the market price for parking.

Source: City of Moreland Parking Management Plan

Conclusion

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